By Harry Stoffer, Automotive News
The spare tyre’s days may be numbered. The latest sign: The 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata has no spare, even if a buyer declines optional run-flat tyres. A puncture repair kit is tucked onboard instead.
Another tool is helping automakers gain space and lose weight in new vehicles by eliminating spares: the mobile phone.
“Most people today are used to, frankly, using the cell phone to change a tyre,” says Jay Amestoy, vice president of public and government affairs for Mazda North American Operations….