World record for Mazda MX-5 sports car

The world’s most popular roadster was officially recognised as the best-selling two-seat sportscar in the world when it hit 531,000 cars made in 2000.

The record has been updated at 700,000 and 800,000 and Mazda has now applied for the 900,000 milestone to be included in the Guinness Book of Records.

Mazda’s MX-5 drop-top has been on sale for 21 years in the UK and is now onto its third generation. Famed for its fun and responsive drive and traditional lightweight British sport car style, the MX-5’s longevity is also testament to its high residual values.

"For British motorists, the Mazda MX-5 is the ultimate expression of our Zoom-Zoom philosophy of creating cars that are fun to drive," comments Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK. "Over 20 years, the MX-5 has maintained its position as an affordable, lightweight sportscar that is responsive and rewarding to drive."

Available in soft-top or coupe versions, the Mazda MX-5 is priced from £17,975 for the entry-level 1.8i SE soft-top to £23,005 for the 2.0i Powershift Roadster coupe.

The range has been expanded in recent years with a selection of special edition models. Last year, a limited edition 20th anniversary MX-5 was unveiled to celebrate the milestone.

A high-spec Miyako special edition for both the soft-top and coupe were also introduced last year, priced at £18,769 and £21,321 respectively.

Mazda has promised updates to its longest-running model in future, including the introduction of its lightweight, ultra-efficient SKYACTIV chassis and engine technology.

The SKYACTIV technology will first appear on the Mazda2 and Mazda3 from 2011 and is expected to appear in a production version of the Minagi compact SUV concept revealed at the start of the year.

Mazda’s senior managing executive officer in charge of development, Seita Kanai, said: "Mazda is committed to further evolving the MX-5. In the years ahead, together with our sportscars loyal fan base, we will continue to cherish the MX-5 as a symbol of the Mazda brand."