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2021 Mazda MX-5 long-term review, Part 4 | Car Reviews

Auto123 places the 2021 Mazda MX-5 as a result of its paces in a extensive-term evaluate. Right now, section four: We say hi to Henri, Mr. Miata.

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In my first 3 assessments of the Mazda Miata/MX-5, I gave you my impressions of the product. Now, how about we get the impressions of someone who has made the minimal Japanese roadster his enthusiasm and his livelihood?

Fulfill Henri Perron, fifty nine a long time younger, the present gross sales manager of Montmagny Mazda. He has been operating for eight a long time in the dealership that is section of the Fréchette Thibault team in Quebec. Just before that, he labored for twelve a long time at Lévis Mazda in the vicinity of Quebec Metropolis, and also for a calendar year in the identical region at Leading Mazda, wherever he started out out as a gross sales marketing consultant. Henri has been promoting Mazda cars and trucks for 21 a long time. Unnecessary to say, he is familiar with a minimal bit about them. Probably extra than a minimal.

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Henri Perron, of Montmagny Mazda

Henri Perron, of Montmagny Mazda

To date, he has sold a whole of… 161 Miatas! Which is nearly eight per calendar year above the study course of his occupation! Of study course, he owns one particular. In 2009-2010, Henri was also the president of the Quebec Metropolis region Miata Club. There are several this sort of clubs in La Belle Province, Canada and North The usa. We’ll revisit that stage of enthusiasm in the next chapter.

Why so popular?
The first thing I wished to know when I reached Henri on the telephone was why the acceptance of this convertible has stayed so continuously solid due to the fact 1989.

“Firstly, due to the fact of the value it presents. There’s no other auto that comes shut to the Miata in that regard (note to audience: without the need of consulting every single other, Henri and I instinctively selected to use the identify Miata in our discussion… which of study course betrays our age – see our chapter devoted to that). Then, if you get first rate treatment of it, it isn’t going to break down. At the dealership, we just transformed the clutch on a customer’s 1999 Miata with 500,000 km on it!”

“Other than that, you can ask colleague Jacques Bienvenue (an additional “veteran” car journalist in the province). He’ll tell you how with his own Miata, on the Mont-Tremblant keep track of, he outpaced a Porsche 944 Turbo. Not due to the fact of the brute general performance but due to the fact it really is a magnet on the road. It hugs the curves like there is no tomorrow!

Who is the regular Miata purchaser, Henri?

“I would say 70 % of my consumers are former motorcyclists. Normally, the buyer is above fifty and he would like to obtain a Miata due to the fact he’s unwell of riding around on a bike, wrapped in thick leather even when it really is very hot. He even now would like to expertise the feeling of escape that motorcycles gave him, but in a various way.

“When I meet a new shopper, I generally remind them of 3 truths about motorcycles. 1, when you get a corner on your bicycle, your spouse faucets you on the back again like it really is a drum to get you to get it simpler.”

“Two, when you commence your trip in the wonderful Charlevoix region and it starts off pouring, you locate your trip a lot less entertaining.”

“Three, when you arrive back again to Quebec Metropolis, and the weather’s turned pleasant yet again, and you location an fantastic cafe, and you suggest to your spouse to stop there, she replies: “Are you nuts! Did you see what the helmet did to my hair!?””

“In a Miata, even when it starts off to rain with the top down, you will not really get wet (note: it really is accurate, I’ve checked, it really is nearly like magic, as if raindrops dread the cabin), apart from for your shoulder in the vicinity of the window. Anyway, you can just stop under an overpass and shut the top, and off you go.”

Henri Perron, next to a 2021 Mazda MX-5

Henri Perron, next to a 2021 Mazda MX-5

The spending plan much too
Insatiable and unstoppable on the subject matter, Henri carries on: “The Miata isn’t going to price tag extra than a Harley. But when you obtain it, it really is due to the fact you are extra cozy economically in your existence. For the reason that, probabilities are the Miata will not likely be your only auto.”

“Take my daughter, for example. She’d appreciate to have her own Miata but she does not have the means. In addition she does not have the time for it, what with operate, household, and so on. So she borrows mine…”

“In wintertime, we arrive across some exceptional cases. I have a buddy, Luc Bertrand, who drove his Miata in the snow for the duration of the 3 a long time of his lease. He informed me that he experienced a large amount of entertaining with managed skidding. Still, I can tell you that most men and women are going to push around in their next auto in the wintertime although the Miata sits someplace pleasant and warm. Commonly that is a garage of study course, but I assume if some men and women could, they’d set it in their dwelling home!”

So for all the appreciate Miata owners have for their cars and trucks, do we even now listen to damaging feedback?

“To be genuine, in our Miata club, we complain about the fact that the motor vehicle has experienced no glove compartment due to the fact 2016 (note: in accordance to Henri, this is to make extra home for electronics in the dashboard there is certainly a small storage compartment behind you, between the two seats, but it really is not really user-friendly). Also, we will not like the dent in the passenger side floorboard, and some purists will not really appreciate the RF (the targa product we talked about in the preceding column). But aesthetically, I personally assume the RF is one particular of the most wonderful cars and trucks in the environment!”

Are you shocked, Henri, at the acceptance of the automatic transmission?

“Until 2005, ninety nine % of potential buyers selected the manual due to the fact the four-speed automatic used extra gas and didn’t pull. But due to the fact 2006, it has acquired two gears, is extra economical at the pump and has a fantastic feel. I locate it humorous when motor vehicle writers swear by the manual. On a keep track of, I’m going to do far better situations than them with my automatic due to the fact I have each palms on the wheel. Each and every time you change manually, I gain ft on you. There’s a explanation why paddle shifters have turn into so widespread in F1.”