Mazda MX-5 Miata celebrates 25th anniversary

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Since it’s launch in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is now 25 years old. It celebrates it’s 25th anniversary as it was first shown to the world in the February Chicago Motor Show of 1989.

Mazda developed the MX-5 as a lightweight, fun and affordable sports car. The roadster has since been a huge success, currently holding the Guinness World Record holder for ‘best selling two seater sports car’. From when it first went on sale, the MX-5 has sold over 920,000 units.


The Mazda MX-5 anniversary celebration

Mazda have created a special website to mark the anniversary. This site gives users the chance to scroll through a timeline of previous MX-5 versions, tracking the car’s design evolution since the first model. It also features a special message of thanks for the team at Mazda.

It also gives clues to the future of the MX-5, featuring a ‘coming soon’ tab. The tab is not currently available to click but it is likely that Mazda will use the site to update MX-5 fans and promote their new model in the coming months. According to the Mazda group, the website will be updated over the course of the year.


The Mazda MX-5 spec changes

When it first became available, the MX-5 was offered with a 1.6 litre four cylinder petrol engine with Mazda adding a bigger engine to the range with each of the two subsequent generations. It was launched on May 1989, starting at $13,800 (around £8,400). The current third generation model uses either a 124 brake horse power 1.8 litre or 158 brake horse power 2.0 litre petrol engine. Economy-wise, the 1.8 litre engine is capable of 40mpg while emitting only 167g/km of CO2. The larger 2.0 litre engine returns 36mpg with emissions of 181g/km of CO2.

Nowadays, vehicles like the Toyota GT 86 and the Nissan 370Z Roadster offer their own versions of pure driving thrills but none combine soft-top style and low price of the MX-5, explaining the car’s popularity despite being on the market for 25 years, which also rival the likes of Honda and Audi as well as the likes of Volkswagen with some of their more sporty vehicles.

Mazda currently have the fourth generation version of the MX-5 Miata in the works, the ND, which may be launched within the year.

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