Mazda has big news to celebrate: The automaker has built the one millionth example of the MX-5 Miata. That continues the car’s status as the world’s best-selling roadster of all time, with a cool million built between April 1989 and April 2016.
The one millionth car was a Japanese-spec 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata with a 1.5-liter engine, painted Soul Red. The car isn’t going to be sold or auctioned, but instead will become a trophy of sorts for Mazda. First, the car will be displayed around Japan at various events for Mazda fans and enthusiasts, starting at the Hiroshima Flower Festival on May 3. Then in September, Mazda will bring the milestone car to the U.S., showing it off around the country before taking it to the annual Miatas at Mazda Raceway event in California on October 1-2.
One Millionth Mazda MX 5 Miata group above
Though enthusiasm for the Miata is still strong 27 years later, production and sales of the car were strongest in its earliest generations. The peak year of Miata production was 1990, when Mazda built 95,640 units of the petite roadster. The car was first recognized by Guinness World Record — as the world’s best-selling roadster — in May 2000 when total global production cracked 531,890. But while it took only 11 years for the Miata to crack the half-million sales, it was another 16 years until the car hit the magic million.
One Millionth Mazda MX 5 Miata group profile