HIROSHIMA, Japan — The Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible achieved a major milestone on April 22, as production reached 1 million units.
It took 27 years to hit that target, with mass production of the MX-5 starting in Hiroshima, Japan in April 1989.
The 1-millionth MX-5 Miata, in iconic "Soul Red," will not be sold or auctioned. Instead, it will take a worldwide victory lap, including stops in the U.S. in September.
The key U.S. event is an appearance at the annual "Miatas at Mazda Raceway" event in California on October 1-2.
The magic million mark is not that unusual for many mass-produced vehicles. In fact, the Ford F-150 pickup truck sells about three-quarters of a million units annually.
The Volkswagen Beetle achieved more than 5.5 million U.S. sales on January 30, 2014, after being on sale here in various iterations since 1949.
Edmunds says: Kudos to Mazda on this noteworthy achievement.