MX-5 tops record books – again
THREE GENERATIONS: 900 000 Mazda MX-5s have been built over 21 years.
Mazda’s MX-5 roadster has achieved yet another milestone - unit number 900 000. It's a soft-top two-litre destined for Germany and it rolled off the production line on February 4, 2011.
The highlight was reached after 21 years of producing of a car that first made the Guinness Book of Records in 2000 as the world’s “best-selling two-seat sports car” when production reached 531 890.
The car has been in production since 1989; Mazda’s mandate with the MX-5 was to create a sports car that would be – and remains – light and fun to drive.
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Nobuhiro Yamamoto, programme manager of the current MX-5, said: "The original MX-5 has undergone two complete product redesigns and a series of upgrades. Its enduring success is due to the strong support it enjoys from MX-5 fans around the world.
"I will strive to keep the MX-5's spirit alive while evolving it into a car that will be loved by even more people."
Mazda's senior managing executive in charge of development, Seita Kanai, added: "More than 20 years have passed since the first-generation Mazda MX-5 was born. Since then society and vehicles themselves have changed significantly.
HEADING FOR 100
"As we head toward the next production milestone of a million units Mazda is committed to further evolving the MX-5. We will refine its fun-to-drive character and further enhance its environmental and safety capabilities.
“As Mazda passes its 91st birthday, we are turning our sights on to our 100th anniversary. In the years ahead, we will continue to cherish the MX-5, alongside its loyal fan base, as the symbol of the Mazda brand."
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