Mazda MX-5 hits 1m production mark
The Mazda MX-5 roadster recently hit a production milestone, with 1,000,000 units having now been produced since the car was launched back in 1989 (yes 1989!).
Has it really been 27 years since Mazda unleashed its plucky little MX-5 roadster on the world!?! Apparently so, and while the MX-5 is small, its production figures definitely aren’t. In fact, when you consider that the most popular roadster of all time actually lacks universal appeal and is aimed at quite a specific audience, its production figures are nothing short of phenomenal.
That’s because since it was introduced way back in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 has been churned out over 1,000,000 times.
It was on April 22 that this huge milestone was reached when Mazda’s own production odometer advanced to the magic 1m mark at the Japanese firm’s plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
If you take the total number of MX-5s produced and divide it against the number of years it’s been in production, you will discover that the lovable roadster has been sold (on average) 37,037 times globally per year since 1989. Okay, so while that’s not even in the same league as other best-selling cars, it’s pretty damn impressive for a tiny, two-seater vehicle which has been fully redesigned three times since it was introduced.
The MX-5 actually passed the 531,000 production mark back in 2000, which is also the year it was announced as the best-selling roadster of all time. This means that the first 500,000 or so MX-5s were produced a full five years quicker than this latest batch. Some may put that down to a decline in interest, but let’s not forget that when it was introduced the MX-5 was a sensation and that spurred very healthy sales figures at the start.
Let’s face it, the fact that the MX-5 has now reached the 1m mark, and has been being produced for over 27 years highlights its awesome staying power.
Will another million roll off the production line? Let’s see what the next thirty years hold…