Mazda MX-5 Production Reaches One-Million Units

Mazda MX-5 Production Reaches One-Million Units

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the hitting of a big milestone for the company – and sports car lovers.

Production of the MX-5 reached one million units on April 22, 2016. The milestone figure was achieved over 27 years, with mass-production of the MX-5 starting at Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989.

“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,” says Masamichi Kogai, Mazda president and chief executive.

“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.”

The car – a 1.5-litre manual – will be displayed at fan events in Japan and around the world.

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

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