Earlier this week, Mazda celebrated a very special occasion as they produced the One-Millionth MX-5.

On 22 April 2016 this historic event took place. This comes 27 years after production started at the Ujina Plant No. 1, in Hiroshima, in April 1989.

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“From the 1st generation through to today’s 4th 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 aroundthe world,” said Mazda Motor Corporation Representative Director, President and CEO Masamichi Kogai.

“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’s goal has always been to create a special bond with customers and become a’one-and-only’ brand that customer will choose again and again.

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From the very start in 1989, the MX-5 has always offered unrivalled driving pleasure. Subsequently, the lightweight roadster has built up quite a cult following from enthusiasts globally.

Everyone loves a Miata!

The little roadster has also collected over 200 awards around the world. The latest 4th gen MX-5 has already won a whole host of awards since its launch last year, including 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan, World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year 2016.

And not to forget that Mazda SA also won the 2016 Company of the Year earlier this year.

The MX-5 is famous for holding the Guinness World Record for the best-selling open-top two-seater sports car for many years.

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Here’s a brief overview of the Miata’s 27 year history:

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 ShowDec

Dec 1998 – 10th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched

May 2000 – Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling two-seater sportscar (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

 

“The MX-5 is a symbol of Mazda’s car-making philosophy and tireless pursuit of driving pleasure.”