Fans of the Mazda MX-5 will have you believe it is amongst the best cars ever produced.
After being named 2016’s World Car of the Year at last year’s New York Auto Show, the brilliance of the current fourth-generation model is hard to contest.
With more than one million built, it is undeniably the biggest-selling of its ilk and to celebrate such a massive production landmark, the one millionth MX-5 was sent on a year-long world tour, appearing at 35 events in Japan, the UK, Spain, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
That global jaunt came to an end on April 7th when it arrived back at the Japanese car maker’s Hiroshima headquarters, bearing the signatures of more than 10,000 MX-5 fans who signed their name on the car’s bodywork.
Masashi Nakayama, programme manager and chief designer of the fourth-gen MX-5, said: “Seeing so many signatures from all over the world really brought home the fact that people from different countries, cultures and generations have supported the MX-5 for more than a quarter of a century.”
In the UK, this very special MX-5 made a high-profile appearance at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, alongside the new MX-5 RF hardtop convertible.
Mr Nakayama went on to say that Mazda will continue to do what it can to evolve the car and push on to its next milestone – the two million mark.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: “We’re massive fans of the MX-5 in the Petrol News office. It is a symbol of Mazda’s dedication to driving pleasure and long may it reign.”