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Mazda celebrates 25 years of Miata

by Justin King

Mazda is currently celebrating the Miata\'s 25th birthday, after the first model was introduced this week in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show.

Mazda is celebrating the Miata's 25th birthday, after the nameplate was first unveiled this week at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show.

The MX-5 has sold a total of 920,000 globally as of December 2013, achieving and holding a Guinness Book of World Records status of "best-selling two-seater sports car."

"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," said Mazda North America CEO Jim O'Sullivan.

The first edition launched with a $13,800 price tag and offered a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 116 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque. The 2,116 lb car could be brought up to 60 mph in just under nine seconds.

Performance and handling have since improved through two more generations. The current model features a 2.0-liter powerplant that produces 170 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, with choices between manual and automatic transmissions.

Drivers currently have a number of small roadsters to choose from, however the Miata has faced little competition in its price bracket.

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