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Mazda Celebrate the One Millionth MX-5 Rolling Off the Line


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Mazda Celebrate the One Millionth MX-5 Rolling Off the Line

Mazda is set to put its most iconic car, the MX-5, on tour after the one millionth vehicle rolled off the production line last month.

The world’s best-selling two-seater sports car reached the milestone 27 years after the Japanese manufacturer first started to building the pocket-sized roadster.

Mazda started manufacturing the MX-5 in April 1989 in Hiroshima and since then it has evolved and won legions of fans.

Now Mazda plans to put it on global tour staring with events all over the world including the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month to celebrate producing its one millionth car.

The famous roadster first made its debut at the Chicago Motor Show two months before production started in February 1989.

The Mk2 MK-5, minus pop-up headlights, then debuted at the Toyko Motor Show in October, 1997 before a limited edition model to celebrate the launch of its 10th anniversary was released in December, 1998.

By the time of the Millennium, the MK-5 was recognised by the Guinness World Records as being the world’s best-selling two-seater sports cars having produced more than 500,000 units.

The mk3 MK-5 was introduced in March 2005 at the Geneva Motor Show before the Japanese carmaker brought out a new folding hardtop model at the British Motor Show one year later.

Then in 2009, Mazda launched a limited edition car to celebrate its 20th anniversary and a further one to mark its 25th birthday in April, 2014.

The Mk4 MK-5 was released six months later before the MK-5 RF – a new hardtop version which stands for ‘Retractable Fastback’ - was unveiled at the New York Motor Show last month.

Mazda produced its one millionth MX-5 on April 22 and there are no signs of it losing its popularity. The MK-5 RF, which is cleverly designed to be a coupe and cabriolet, is a hugely impressive looking car and with its release set for next year will surely have plenty of takers.

There is a choice of 1.5litre or 2litre engine and its retractable hardtop roof opens in just 12 seconds and if going less than 6mph it can be open or closed while driving the car. It also boasts technology that enables it to deliver impressive fuel efficiency and minimal emissions. Congratulations Mazda.

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