A Revolutionary Idea

Creators Tom Motano and Bob Hall set out to create world’s first, true lightweight sports car. The very first MX-5 showcased in 1989 with 14-inch wheels that were made as light as possible, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, retractable headlamps for preserving its iconic curvy exterior, and a short, direct gear shift that made changing up a joy. The MX-5 was unlike anything before it.

The roadster has now travelled through four generations of design evolution, and without straying too far from its winning formula, Mazda designers have explored every inch of potential to ensure MX-5 remains the poster car for convertibles. Since 1989, the lightweight sports car has maintained its near-perfect balance, agility and jinba ittai spirit.

In its journey to one million, the MX-5 has won over 200 awards, with accolades ranging from Most Fun to World Car of the Year. We explore its distinctions in full here. American magazine, Car & Driver, featured the MX-5 in its ‘10 best’ list a grand total of 14 times over the last 25 years.

Loyal followers and an increasing number of fans means that production has now reached one million. The fun roadster has surpassed itself and its creators’ wildest dreams by shattering the initial record time and time again and maintaining its prestigious title as the world’s best selling two-seater sports car.


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HISTORY of the mazda mx-5



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