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British International Motor Show 2006: Mazda lifts the lid on new MX-5

A RETRACTABLE hardtop version of the successful Mazda MX-5 sports car made its debut at the show.

Engineers have used lightweight composite materials for the three-section roof (pictured below), which folds away into a separate compartment instead of using up valuable boot space.

Adam Pumfrey, Mazda’s fleet and remarketing director, said: ‘This version of the MX-5 is a user-chooser car and the new roof makes it more useable as it gives the car more life over the winter months.’

Also on the stand was the BT-50 one-tonne pick-up truck, shown in Europe for the first time. Sister truck to the Ford Ranger, the BT-50 is powered by the same 2.5 litre common-rail diesel engine developing 143bhp.

The BT-50 will be a popular choice for small and one-man businesses who can enjoy the tax benefits of a practical light commercial vehicle with obvious lifestyle appeal.

Pumfrey added: ‘We’re not planning on importing a huge number of BT-50s into the UK, although it will give us a better opportunity in the sector.’

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