In its 22nd year on the market, the iconic, cheap and humble Mazda MX-5 sports car production has just reached 900,000 units. The milestone has also been entered into the Guinness World Records as the 'World's Best-selling Two Seat Sports Car'.
The Mazda MX-5 was first introduced in April 1989 and has been praised by driving experts, enthusiasts and journalists ever since. Even as generations and styles changed, the MX-5 has remained as one of the pinnacle light-weight, two-seat, rear-drive sports cars around, offering a high fun-factor and easy-to-read driving characteristics.
A Guinness World Record was entered in year 2000 when Mazda rolled out the 700,000th MX-5, and then re-entered again when it reached 800,000. To put the record into perspective, if all of the Mazda MX-5s sold around the world were put tail to nose, the line of MX-5s would be almost long enough to stretch from Sydney to Perth.
The Mazda MX-5 is currently Mazda's oldest and longest still-selling nameplate around today. Program manager of the current MX-5, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, recently spoke about the milestone, saying,
"Since Mazda launched the original MX-5, it 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. Going forward, 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."
Well done Mazda - we look forward to enjoying Mazda MX-5 vehicles for many years ahead.