Mazda is celebrating a significant production milestone for the MX-5 Miata, building the one millionth roadster late last week.
The milestone was achieved 27 years after Mazda kicked off mass production of the original NA chassis at its Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989.
Little more than a decade later the nameplate set a Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seat sports car, with 531,890 units produced by May 2000 — midway through the second generation. The record was updated several times in the following years as the third-generation NC chassis reached 700,000, 800,000 and 900,000 units.
“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,” said Mazda chief Masamichi Kogai. “Mazda aims to create a special bond with customers and become a ‘one-and-only’ brand they will choose again and again.”
The millionth MX-5 is a JDM-spec soft-top outfitted with a 1.5-liter engine. It will tour the US in September, eventually landing at the annual “Miatas at Mazda Raceway” event on October 1-2.