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Mazda MX-5: the iconic roadster celebrates its 35th anniversary

Presented on February 9, 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is now celebrating its 35th anniversary. With more than 1.2 million copies produced in four generations, it is a real success.

35 years of passion, horses in the wind

The February 9, 1989 the Chicago Auto Show hosted a revolution: the Mazda MX-5, a sporty convertible that will mark automobile history. Inspired by the British roadsters of the 1960s, but equipped with modern and reliable technology, the MX-5 has won over fans of open-air driving, with its elegant design, featherweight and remarkable agility.
The MX-5 has continued to improve over the years. four generations (named “NA”, “NB”, “NC”, then “ND” for the last one), while remaining faithful to its initial philosophy, based on driving pleasure. Since its launch in 2016, the current and fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 continues to appeal to fans of the model, with a soft-top version, but also an “RF” version with a fastback design and a electric retractable roof system.
Today, the MX-5 is the best-selling roadster in the world, with very precisely 1,256,745 copies produced by the Mazda Ujina plant, located in Hiroshima, Japan.

Mazda MX-5: a real success

In detail, it is in North America that the MX-5 was most successful, with a total of 533,301 units (or more than 40% of total production) sold under the name Mazda Miata, followed by Europe with 391,503 copies sold. In Japan, no less than 225,510 registrations were recorded for the MX-5, called Mazda Roadster on its national market, after having been called Eunos Roadster in its debut.
This year, the Mazda MX-5 is set to celebrate its 35th anniversary with a slight restyling and new technologies. In fact, it will introduce new latest generation LED headlights at the front, while the rear lights have been subtly redesigned. Inside, we find a new connected infotainment system, equipped with an 8.8-inch touch screen and two USB-C ports.
A new “Track” mode is also making its appearance: designed for circuit driving novices, it works in concert with the KPC system, a software-managed vehicle seat control device, which helps improve stability cornering driving.

Under the hood, the 2024 Mazda MX-5 offers a 132-hp 1.5 Skyactiv-G engine, but also a 184-hp 2.0 Skyactiv-G unit, equipped as standard with an asymmetric limited-slip differential.

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