HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that production of the Mazda MX-5 (Mazda Roadster in Japan) 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,” said Masamichi Kogai, Representative Director, President and CEO. “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.”
As a way of expressing thanks to MX-5 fans and owners, the One-Millionth MX-5 will be displayed at fan events in Japan and around the world. The tour begins on May 3 at the Hiroshima Flower Festival where the car will participate in the Flower Parade.
The MX-5 is a symbol of Mazda’s car-making philosophy and tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. Since its debut in 1989, the model has consistently offered driving fun that can only be experienced in a lightweight sports car and won the admiration of people from various countries, cultures and age groups. The MX-5 is also critically acclaimed, with over 200 awards from around the globe to its name. The fourth-generation model released last year has won a string of awards, including 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan, World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year 2016.
The MX-5 has held the Guinness World Record*1 for the best-selling open-top two-seater sports car for many years. With the achievement of one million units of production, Mazda will now attempt to break its own record.
History of the Mazda MX-5
||Original MX-5 debuts at Chicago Auto Show
||Second-generation MX-5 debuts at Tokyo Motor Show
||10th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched
||Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car (531,890 units produced)
||Production reaches 600,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
||Third-generation MX-5 debuts at Geneva International Motor Show
||Production reaches 700,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
||Retractable hardtop model debuts at British International Motor Show
||Production reaches 800,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
||20th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched
||Production reaches 900,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
||25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 launched
||Fourth-generation MX-5 debuts
||Mazda MX-5 RF debuts at New York International Auto Show
Japan exhibit schedule for One-Millionth Mazda MX-5*2
|May 3, 2016
||Flower parade at Hiroshima Flower Festival
|May 8, 2016
||Oasis Roadster Meetings
|May 12-27, 2016
||Mazda Brand Space Osaka
|May 29, 2016
- *1 Certified by Guinness World Records Limited
- *2 As of April 2016. Please check details of each event on the website for one million units of MX-5 production. (Japanese only)