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The Mazda MX-5 Miata has won a lot of fans since the introduction of the original in 1989. A lot of fans, and a lot of buyers – 800,000 buyers, to be precise, as Mazda announced that production milestone after seventeen years on the market.

Mazda found it had a winning formula with the original Miata, and while other carmakers have succumbed to the temptation of overgrowing and bloating their successful models when they come due for replacement, the Zoom-Zoom brand has been smart enough not to mess with success. The newest MX-5, introduced in 2005, is an enhancement of the original, staying true to the concept of a small, lightweight, well-balanced roadster. And the market has responded favorably.

The Guiness Book of World Records recorded the MX-5's place in history when production had reached 531,890 in May 2000. Now that the little-roadster-that-could has hit the big 800,000 mark, Mazda says it is reapplying for an update on the record. We'll look forward to reporting when the millionth MX-5 rolls off the assembly line.

After the jump, we've got two videos of the newest MX-5 with the power retractable hard-top. Click through to witness the amazing disappearing roof act.

[Source: Mazda]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      They build more F series pickups in a year.

      Yes, what a rube.
      This is the same mentality that pops up all the time: "I could buy 15 Mustang GTs for the price of that Ferrari, 'Murka rules, Detroit rules, furrin junk, blah blah blah".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry Mazda, but you either keep the Miata name, or don't call this this 800,000th. It's one or the other.

      I'd keep the Miata name. Your fans still are.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow! that means 794,000 rebuilt engines. now that's what i call a boost to the economy
      • 8 Years Ago
      OK, I'm man enough to admit when I'm wrong and somebody provides the hard facts. Thanks for providing the hard facts. I was wrong. Looks like *way* wrong. Nuts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nope, the current 350Z is just perfect.

      last time I was driving a Miata in some cross winds, made me think twice of even looking at this car for anything else other than a track only car.
      It's a you must keep your hands onteh steering all the time type of car adn not god enough for everyday driving IMO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mercedes production numbers (not including current models)

      SL: W113 (1963-1971) 48,912; R107 (1971-1989) 237,287; R129 (1989-2001) 204.940

      SLK: R170 (1996-2004) 308,000

      So Snot, it looks like Mercedes alone (without even counting pre-1960 models or current models) has the Miata beat.

      I could go on, e.g. MG Abingdon plant total production (1929-1980) 386,961 Roadsters. Then add BMW. And Audi. And Alfa.

      So, while the MX5/Miata surely is impressive, Mercedes builds more roadsters a year than Mazda does.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dr. Greenthumb,
      Thank you for you concise and utterly incomplete rebuttal. Why didn't you provide any production numbers? Prove I'm wrong; provide numbers instead of just a list of cars. Jackass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      david, I would love to see statistics on that (I know it is probably a sarcasrtic comment, but I could not resist asking)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here's another, slightly more thrilling vid, of the retractable hardtop action:
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Miata has had many names. Eunos, Roadster, MX-5. It just depends on where its sold. Its still the same car.

      • 8 Years Ago
      What a rube!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Noah, it's Guinness book of world records not Guiness.
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