If you think you see Mazda Miatas on the road a lot – that’s because you do. And there is a reason for that. There are now one million of them on the road.
The one millionth MX-5 rolled off the assembly line in Japan on April 22. It’s a huge milestone for Mazda’s little car that could. Mazda built the one millionth sportster in what else, but red.
The feat was achieved over 27 years. Mazda started building the Miata in Hiroshima, Japan back in 1989. The fourth-generation recently made its debut and our mouths dropped when we saw the stunning RF targa top version.
The Miata has long held the Guinness World Record for best-selling open-top two-seat sports car.
“From the first generation through to today’s fourth-generation model, the reason we have been able to continue selling the MX-5 all these years is due to the strong support of fans around the world,” said Masamichi Kogai, president and CEO, Mazda Corporation. “Mazda was founded in Hiroshima 96 years ago, and as we move toward our centennial year we will continue offering customers the joy of driving with this model, which has become a symbol of our brand. Mazda aims to create a special bond with customers and become a ‘one-and-only’ brand they will choose again and again.”
So what does Mazda plan to with the one millionth model? Why take it on the road of course.
Mazda is going to send it on a world tour of sorts. It’ll start in Japan where it’s built. The car will head to the U.S. in September and the tour wraps up in October at the annual “Miatas at Mazda Raceway” event.
Here’s Mazda’s look down memory lane:
History of the Mazda MX-5
- Feb 1989 Original MX-5 debuts at Chicago Auto Show
- Oct 1997 Second-generation MX-5 debuts at Tokyo Motor Show
- Dec 1998 10th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched
- May 2000 Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car (531,890 units produced)
- Jan 2002 Production reaches 600,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
- Mar 2005 Third-generation MX-5 debuts at Geneva International Motor Show
- Apr 2005 Production reaches 700,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
- Jul 2006 Retractable hardtop model debuts at British International Motor Show
- Jan 2007 Production reaches 800,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
- Jul 2009 20th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched
- Feb 2011 Production reaches 900,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
- Apr 2014 25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 launched
- Sep 2014 Fourth-generation MX-5 debuts
- Mar 2016 Mazda MX-5 RF debuts at New York International Auto Show
- Mar 2016 Mazda MX-5 becomes first and only car to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year at the New York International Auto Show
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