27 years after the automaker began building the iconic roadster, production of the Mazda MX-5 reached one million units.
MX-5 has started its successful journey at Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989, when the first unit rolled off the assembly line. With its lightness, compact footprint, cute shapes, rear-wheel drive layout and an affordable price tag, the perky two-seater has quickly become one of the world’s most-beloved roadsters. Mazda has proved that an open-top does not have to be powerful and offensive to attract the fans, but just has to be smartly engineered and designed. The MX-5 has held the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car since 2000.
“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 Mazda Motor President and CEO Masamichi Kogai. 27 years later, the brand’s symbol reached an important milestone, as the one-millionth MX-5 has just been produced.
To celebrate the event, the landmark model will make its appearance at fans’ events around the world starting on 3 May in Japan at the Hiroshima Flower Festival, where the car will participate in the Flower Parade. Afterwards, the one-millionth MX-5 will be displayed on 26 June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, from where it continues on the European leg of its tour.