Congrats to Mazda for 25 years of the Miata!!
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been, and is, one of our favorite roadsters.
It has had a place in our hearts (and a lot of our driveways) ever
since it debuted at the Chicago auto show 25 years ago.
We named the original Mazda MX-5 Miata our first Automobile of the
Year. The car cost under $14,000, had a 116-hp four-cylinder engine
and a five-speed manual transmission, sent power to the rear wheels,
and weighed just over 2100 lb?a lightweight, simple, and, most
importantly, fun package. Mazda stayed true to that formula through
two more generations of Miatas, and we?re confident that the next
generation Miata?being engineered in tandem with Fiat?will get it
right, too. But we?re not talking about future product (even though
Mazda?s designer did give us an idea of what he?s thinking for the new
car when we talked to him at the 2014 Detroit auto show). We?re
recognizing the fact that Mazda hasn?t screwed the Miata up over 25
We decided to fly out to California, meet up with some of our friends
at Mazda?s North American headquarters in Irvine, and pat them on the
back in person. One of those friends? Bob Hall, the man who wouldn?t
stop bugging Mazda execs until they built a small, lightweight,
roadster. We sat down with Bob and asked him about the origins of the
Miata and the significance of 25 years. We also toured Mazda?s
basement, which houses a private collection of some of the automaker?s
coolest cars from history, and drove the yellow Miata Club Sport that
debuted alongside the red, white, and blue Miatas on February 9, 1989.
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