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Mazda Celebrates 25 Years of the MX-5 Miata

By | February 07, 2014
At the Chicago Auto Show back in 1989, we were introduced to the MX-5 Miata, and 25 years later, the Miata has set a world record as the world's "Best-Selling Two-Seater Sports Car." Over the past two and a half decades, Mazda has sold nearly 1 million MX-5 Miatas worldwide. The first MX-5 Miata was launched back in May 1989, with a starting price just under $14,000 with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produced a modest 116 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. That model was also equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, but a four-speed automatic was also available. Each generation improved, and today's model, starting at $23,720, features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, equipped with a manual or automatic transmission, and produces 167 horses and 140 pound-feet of torque. Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations, said in a statement, "The MX-5 Miata has hit a number of milestones over the years and we're honored to say that 25 years later it's as much a global success and favorite among enthusiasts as it was on day one. At the Chicago Auto Show in 1989, MX-5 Miata set the bar for sports ca performance and driving pleasure. Here we are on its 25th birthday still looking up at that bar." Source: Mazda
 
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