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With the reveal of the Mazda MX-30, that was the point where I figured Mazda have given up on their naming schemes. The CX-30, was unfortunate, and I still don’t know why it wasn’t called the CX-4, when it’s not going to be sold alongside the Chinese CX-4 that already exists but whatever. Here’s a better name, CX-35, which implies the Cx-3 is the CX-30 and etc. But now they besmirch the great MX- name?!

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Ok, Mazda have never been good at names, their naming scheme for passenger cars is just a single number. The 3. Or more accurately the model is the Mazda3, making it the Mazda Mazda3, but obviously you just say the model name. And before that it was the x2x naming scheme, which makes sense in theory, but from the outside it just looks like a bunch of random forgettable numbers. The 323. And while they’re At least all their other models have much simpler prefixes. And I’ve derailed into talking about Mazda’s naming scheme (I’ve got more where that came from), but back on topic.

I was interested in looking at what other vehicles have used the MX- name, an turns out, its been used on all sorts of different concepts of different varieties.

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1981 Mazda MX-81 Aria Concept

Designed by Bertone.
Designed by Bertone.
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1983 Mazda MX-02 Concept

I’m guessing the MX-81 Aria retroactively became the Mazda MX-01.
I’m guessing the MX-81 Aria retroactively became the Mazda MX-01.
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1985 Mazda MX-03 Concept

Has a rotary, yet doesn’t have an RX- name.
Has a rotary, yet doesn’t have an RX- name.
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1987 Mazda MX-04 Concept

The one with the swappable body panels.
The one with the swappable body panels.
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1987-1992 Mazda MX-6

As called in North America and Oceania, known as the 626 coupe or the Capella C2 elsewhere.
As called in North America and Oceania, known as the 626 coupe or the Capella C2 elsewhere.
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1989-1997 Mazda MX-5

As called in Europe, known as the Roadster or Miata elsewhere, this is applied to all future generations until the NC.
As called in Europe, known as the Roadster or Miata elsewhere, this is applied to all future generations until the NC.
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1991-1998 Mazda MX-3 / Mazda MX-3 Precidia

As called in the States and Canada respectively, known as the AZ3 and a bunch of Eunos names elsewhere.
As called in the States and Canada respectively, known as the AZ3 and a bunch of Eunos names elsewhere.
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1991-1997 Mazda MX-6 / Mazda MX-6 Mystère

The MX-6 Mystère was it’s Canadian name.
The MX-6 Mystère was it’s Canadian name.
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1998-2000 Mazda MX-5

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2000-2005 Mazda MX-5

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2001 Mazda MX Sport Tourer Concept

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2002 Mazda MX Sport Runabout Concept

Previewed the 2002 Mazda Demio / Mazda2.
Previewed the 2002 Mazda Demio / Mazda2.
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2003 Mazda MX Sportif Concept

Previewed the 2003 Mazda Axela / Mazda3.
Previewed the 2003 Mazda Axela / Mazda3.
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2004 Mazda MX-Micro Sport Concept

Previewed the 2004 Mazda Verisa, now with a dash!
Previewed the 2004 Mazda Verisa, now with a dash!
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2004 Mazda MX-Flexa Concept

Previewed the 2004 Mazda Premacy / Mazda5.
Previewed the 2004 Mazda Premacy / Mazda5.
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2005 Mazda MX-Crossport Concept

Previewed the 2006 Mazda CX-7.
Previewed the 2006 Mazda CX-7.
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2005-2008 Mazda MX-5 / Mazda MX-5 Miata

Now named the MX-5 Miata in North America.
Now named the MX-5 Miata in North America.
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2008-2012 Mazda MX-5 / Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2012-2015 Mazda MX-5 / Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2015- Mazda MX-5 / Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2020- Mazda MX-30

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