SHOWCASING THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ALL-NEW MAZDA MX-5 RF & CX-9 AT THE SINGAPORE MOTORSHOW 2017
Mazda trailblazed two new models and kicked off the 2017 Singapore Motorshow with much fanfare. The highly-anticipated MX-5 Retractable Fastback (RF) and the All-New Mazda CX-9 were both on preview to guests, members of the media, and the public. The MX-5 RF is the latest milestone for Mazda, bringing the long-awaited Power Retractable Hardtop to this version of the award-winning roadster. The Mazda CX-9 has undergone a re-imagining which has modernised Mazda’s largest full 7-seater luxury SUV. The All-New Mazda CX-9 strikes a deft balance between sophisticated design with everyday practicality for today’s go-getters.
Mazda’s Brand Ambassadors, Jesseca Liu and Pierre Png also made a glittering appearance during the press event. The two artistes made another appearance on 14 January 2017, Saturday, for a meet and greet session with fans and car enthusiasts. Registered fans were rewarded with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the two brand ambassadors in an exclusive private session, and enjoyed some light refreshments at the Mazda stand.
Mr. Christer Ekberg, Chief Operating Officer of Eurokars Group, addressed the press as well.“The addition and design of the retractable fastback to the range will definitely excite prospective MX-5 buyers. It drives like a roadster, with the comfort of a coupe,” he said. “Engendering a comfortable driving environment that enables a driver to intuitively and accurately feel his or her car’s response and smoothly operate the vehicle is fundamental to Mazda’s “Jinba-ittai” – oneness between man and car. Mazda pursues and perfects these principles in its latest models – the CX-9, the Luxury SUV, and the stylish and exhilarating MX-5 RF,” Mr. Ekberg added.
The Deputy Program Manager of Mazda Motor Corporation, Mr. Hitoshi Takamatsu, also graced the event. Mr. Takamatsu first joined Mazda in 1983 as a member of the Testing and Research Division Two where he worked on automated operation for testing equipment and system development. While in the division, he was involved in the testing and research of brakes for front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles such as the Mazda RX-7 and MX-5.