Production of the Mazda MX-5 reached one million units on 22 April; Mazda Motor Corporation announced today, 27 years after the company began manufacturing the iconic roadster 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 Mazda Motor Corporation Representative Director, President and CEO Masamichi Kogai. "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."

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

  • Feb 1989                  Original MX-5 debuts at Chicago Auto Show
  • Oct 1997                  Second-generation MX-5 debuts at Tokyo Motor Show
  • Dec 1998                  10th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched
  • May 2000                  Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's best-selling two-seater sports car (531,890 units produced)
  • Jan 2002                   Production reaches 600,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
  • Mar 2005                 Third-generation MX-5 debuts at Geneva International Motor Show
  • Apr 2005                  Production reaches 700,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
  • Jul 2006                   Retractable hardtop model debuts at British International Motor Show
  • Jan 2007                  Production reaches 800,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
  • Jul 2009                   20th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched
  • Feb 2011                  Production reaches 900,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)
  • Apr 2014                  25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 launched
  • Sep 2014                  Fourth-generation MX-5 debuts
  • Mar 2016                 Mazda MX-5 RF debuts at New York International Auto Show