Interview with Masashi Nakayama, Chief Designer of Next Mazda MX-5
Nakayama entered Mazda in 1989, the year the MX-5 was born, and by the autumn of that year, he found himself in a Mazda dealership ready to become a customer.
“My first thought when I first laid eyes on the original MX-5 was, ‘I’m going to buy that soon.’ The reasons were not something I could rationalize or put into words. There was just something about it that hit me. As if it satisfied some primal sensation. It was obvious that the MX-5 was going to be more than just a passing fad, so I told myself there was no need to rush into buying it. In fact, I went in that day thinking that I would just go for a test drive […]”