Happy Birthday Miata!

Mazda commemorates 25th Anniversary of MX-5 Miata with special website

Published: February 10, 2014, 11:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:46 PM

On February 10, 1989 (Japanese time), Mazda proudly introduced the first MX-5 Miata to the world at the Chicago auto show – probably without realizing itself just how successful and important a car it would become.

With more than 920,000 units sold through 2013, it has become the world's best-selling two-seater sports car, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

More importantly, it resurrected the concept of the affordable open-air sports car and combined it with modern-era reliability.

As a testament to its success in both regards,

more MX-5s are road-raced on any given weekend than any other model of car, according to Mazda.

While MX-5 is the car's official name outside Japan, where it is known as the Roadster, it is still often called the Miata by enthusiasts here in North America.

To commemorate the anniversary, Mazda has launched a special MX-5 25th Anniversary website, which will be gradually updated to provide information on the past, present and future of the Mazda MX-5, including a look back over the model's 25-year history, messages from the engineers behind its development, and event notices and reports.

During the 1960s and 1970s, several lightweight and fun-to-drive sports cars, mostly of British origin, offered nimble handling and free-spirited open-air motoring, but they disappeared from the scene by the1980s.

That's why Mazda decided to resurrect that spirit with a new roadster for the modern age, proving that driving could still be fun despite ever-stricter safety and quality standards.

Through a variety of product improvements and full-redesigns in 1998 and 2005, the MX-5's structure has been kept lightweight and its weight distribution optimized to enhance driving, safety and environmental performance, while preserving the pure driving fun that is unique to a lightweight open-top sports car.

Popular the world over and passionately adored by a zealous fan base, the Mazda MX-5 is a car that has truly made

history with a spirit that has remained unchanged since the first generation.

Mazda says the car will continue to offer drivers all around the globe a unique fun-to-drive experience well into the future. The next-generation model is currently being developed in conjunction with Alfa Romeo.

Enthusiasts are encouraged to wish the MX-5 Miata a happy birthday on Twitter using the hashtag #MX5Turns25.