Production of the Mazda Miata MX-5 reached 1-million units last April 22, 2016, 27 years after the first roadster rolled out of the factory.
Spanning 4 generations now, the first Miata was introduced at the Chicago International Auto Show on February 1989. It won the hearts of many thanks to its aesthetic, engineering, handling, and price which is relatively affordable for a sports car.
In May 2000, it was awarded by the Guinness World Records as the World’s Best-selling Two-seater Sports Car and has maintained that title ever since. In its latest iteration, it won the 2016 World Car of the Year and 2016 World Car Design of the Year.
“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,” said Masamichi Kogai, Representative Director, President, and CEO of Mazda Corporation.
The 1-millionth MX-5 is a Japanese spec roadster, running on a 1.5L gasoline engine. It would be displayed at fan events in Japan beginning on May 3 at the Hiroshima Flower Festival, then around the world.
Locally, it is available from Mazda Philippines. The MX-5 offered here runs with a SkyActiv-G 2.0L gasoline engine capable of 160 hp and 200 Nm of torque. It's then mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.