A quarter of a century ago, the game-changing Mazda MX-5 Miata took the world stage in Chicago and completely changed the way the automotive world looked at affordable fun. The front-engined, rear drive roadster was an instant hit amidst the crowd of late 1980’s mundane sedans. A short while later, the flyweight fighter from Japan received another trophy to add to it’s ever growing case: 25 years of smiles, fun and undeniable joy.
Fast-forward to 2014 and the iconic sports-car still holds its own against the very best in the world. The times may have changed, but the traits that made the tiny Mazda great, still run through every new Miata that rolls off the assembly line.
Three generations and some 900,000 units of pure automotive bliss later, the Japanese speedster still inspires and captivates every pilot lucky enough to drive it. It has grown ever so slightly, raised its horsepower and put on some pounds, but is still, after all these years, remains an icon in the affordable sports-car segment, and a benchmark for other models to aspire to.
Nearing the closure of its third-generation, the current Miata will bow out from the market soon, inevitably to be replaced by another that promises the same characteristics that made ‘the little Mazda that could’ a legend just twenty-five short years ago. As this chapter reaches its end, a new one begins in 2015 at the Chicago International Auto Show — from the hearts of enthusiasts all over the world, here’s to another 25 years more. For those looking to celebrate, Mazda has launched a 25th anniversary website for the legendary MX-5, as well.