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April 26, 2016updated 09 Apr 2021 9:49am

Mazda builds 1m MX-5s in 27 years

Mazda Motor Corporation has built over 1m units of the MX-5 (aka Mazda Roadster in Japan; Miata in Japan/US) in 27 years. Mass production started at the automaker's Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989.

Mazda Motor Corporation has built over 1m units of the MX-5 (aka Mazda Roadster in Japan; Miata in Japan/US) in 27 years. Mass production started at the automaker's 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, MMC's representative director, president and CEO.

The milestone car will be displayed at fan events in Japan and around the world. The tour begins on 3 May at the Hiroshima Flower Festival, where the car will participate in a parade, eventually making its way to Canada towards the end of the summer.

The MX-5 has held the Guinness World Record 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," the automaker said.

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