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Mazda Starts Production of All-New MX-5

2005 Mazda MX-5
Production of the new MX-5 began yesterday.



18th May, 2005


Mazda Motor Corporation announced today, in Japan, that production of the all-new, third-generation MX-5 (Miata in North America) began yesterday (Tuesday 17th May 2005). The new MX-5 is the latest and most advanced evolution of the world's best-selling two-seater lightweight, open, sports car. Production is taking place at the Ujina No.1 (U1) plant located near Mazda's global headquarters. Called the Mazda Roadster in Japan, the MX-5 is the first new model to be mass-produced at Mazda's U1 plant, which re-started paint shop operations at the end of April following a damaging fire. The first MX-5 off the line was a Third Generation Limited Edition model, bound for North America. Its painted velocity red and it is fitted with a red leather interior. It is outfitted with a 16-valve, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual gearbox.

"A new car launch is always a critical and exciting event for any car company," said Hisakazu Imaki, president and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation. "But the launch of a brand icon like the MX-5 is particularly special. This is a great moment for all Mazda employees -- and a great day for car enthusiasts around the world."

The all-new MX-5 is already one of the hottest cars of 2005. It was first shown to the media in March at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. Its public debut was at the 2005 Melbourne Motor Show on 3rd March and it (the MX-5) has since been featured prominently around the world, at key motor shows in cities such as New York and Shanghai. The third- generation of the record-setting roadster is an updated and improved version of the most popular two-seat, open-top sports car of all time. In April 2005, the Guinness World Book of Records officially re-certified the MX-5 as the best-selling two-seat sports car ever -- when production of the second-generation model came to an end in December 2004, a total of 718,954 vehicles had been built. And there are now more on the way.



2005 Mazda MX-5



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2005 Mazda MX-5
Production of the new MX-5 began yesterday.

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