Mazda builds one millionth MX-5 Miata


One millionth Mazda MX-5 Miata

One millionth Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Sports car fans should mark today as a day to celebrate the one millionth example of Mazda's MX-5 Miata roadster.

Miata number 1,000,000 rolled off the line last Friday at the automaker's assembly plant in Hiroshima, Japan.

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The automaker says it will exhibit the millionth Miata at a number of events next month, beginning with the parade at the Hiroshima Flower Festival on May 3.

Car to appear at 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Later, the car will make an appearance at June's 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, where it will make a run up the event's famous hill and will be displayed with some of its forefathers (and, presumably, its new RF sibling).

The milionth Miata is a Japanese-specification model (which is called a Roadster) powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, not the 2.0-liter unit used in North American-spec cars. Not surprisingly, Mazda swathed its milestone Miata in the company's signature Soul Red paint scheme.

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The simple, rear-wheel-drive droptop was first displayed at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show before going on sale later that year in North America as a 1990 model. Since then, the Miata has been redesigned three times—most recently in 2015, when it went on a diet to become more like the original.

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