The Mazda MX-5 Miata was named World Car of the Year in late March and now the Japanese company is celebrating another important milestone – the production of the one-millionth example of the model.
The first generation MX-5 was revealed back in 1989 and 27 years later the model reached one million units on 22 April, just a couple of weeks after we tested the MX-5 Miata Club. The milestone roadster will be visiting fan events around the world this year starting on May 3 in Japan at the Hiroshima Flower Festival, where the car will participate in the Flower Parade.
The car will get its most memorable moment on 26 June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, from where it will continue on the European leg of its tour.
“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,” commented 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.”
Back in 2000 the MX-5 was registered in Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling two-seat sports car in history with total production of 531,890 units. The 250,000th MX-5 rolled out Mazda’s Hiroshima factory in 1992, while seven years later the company celebrated the production of the 500,000th vehicle. The Guinness record was updated several times and in February 2011 it was registered sales reached 900,000 units.