Mazda marked a significant production milestone this month as the 700,000th Mazda MX-5 rolled off the assembly line at the Ujina1 plant near Mazda's headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. This milestone was achieved 14 years and 11 months after the first Mazda MX-5 was launched in April 1989 and further extends Mazda's world record for production volume of a two-seat convertible sports car.

In May 2000, the Mazda MX-5 was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as 'the world's top-selling two-seater roadster with a cumulative production volume of 531,890 units'*. To mark the new production milestone, Mazda will re-apply to the Guinness organisation to re-establish the record.

Currently in its 15th year of production, the Mazda MX-5, the first sketch of a Mazda roadster was conceived in 1979. For almost 10 years the project haunted Mazda's design and development centres in both Japan and the USA before production debut in 1989.

* Produced between April 1989 and October 1999.