The world’s most popular roadster the Mazda MX-5 sets a new record today when total production of the iconic sportscar passes 900,000 units. This milestone has been achieved 21 years and ten months after mass production of the first generation Mazda MX-5 began in April 1989.
Back in 2000, the Mazda MX-5 was initially certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s “Best selling two-seater sportscar” when production reached 531,890 units in May. Since then, Guinness updated the record when production passed 700,000 and 800,000 units, respectively. Currently Mazda is reapplying to Guinness World Records to have the record updated to acknowledge production of the 900,000th vehicle.
The new Mazda MX-5 is better than the older models in terms of quality and refinement, the interior is much improved with some nice new shapes and everything has a feeling of quality engineering. There is a surprising amount of space available in the Mazda MX-5 thanks to some clever attention of detail on the part of the design team. There is plenty of cubby storage action available in the cabin together with a decent boot even when the hood is stowed. The regular 10-strong range for 2011 is priced from £17,975 to £23,205. The range is boosted by two ‘special edition’ versions of the legendary sportscar called the Mazda MX-5 Miyako. The 1.8i Miyako soft-top costs £18,769.68 (OTR) and the more powerful 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe has a £21,321.81 (OTR) price tag.