The Mazda MX-5 is manufactured by Mazda in Japan. Initially, the Mazda MX-5 was released as MX-5 Miata in North America and Roadster in Japan. This was done in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. After its release, the Mazda MX-5 has undergone four different generations of improvement.
The first generation of the Mazda MX-5, was opened for viewing at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989. The Mazda MX-5 had a price tag and the production code NA. The Mazda MX-5 was available anywhere in the world. Due to this factor, the demand rose and this overtook the production.
However, in Japan it was not called a Mazda. This is because the company was still doing some experiments on different Marques. This prompted them to sell the car as Eunos Roadster. The car weighed roughly 980 kg and this is why it was referred as lightweight. The body had an aluminum hood and the dimensions were; length 156 in, width 65.9 in, and 48.6 in height.
In 1998, the second generation of the Mazda MX-5 was released with a production code of NB. This had a powerful engine, beautiful exterior, and its performance was better. The interior was very beautiful and a little bit different from the first generation. The headlamps were changed to fixed ones because for the first generation, they never passed pedestrian safety. The dimensions changed as follows; length 155.3 in, width, 66.1, wheelbase 89.2 in, and a height of 48.3 in. it weighed around 2300 lb.
The Mazda MX-5 saw a change in wheels, tires, and brakes which were upgraded. The ABS system was added as an option. The alloy wheels were changed to 360 mm and 150 mm in width. The 1.8 liters remained though it saw minor updates.
In 2001, the Mazda MX-5 received its first facelift. The exterior look received minor changes. Fog lamps were installed and the instrument panel gauges was redone to have a white face and red numbers. At the front and rear, the brakes were larger.
The production of the third generation of the Mazda MX-5 commenced in 2005. This was for the 2006 model year and it had a production code of NC. After the introduction to the market, the Mazda MX-5 was announced as the Car of the Year in Japan and won an award. The Mazda MX-5 added some features like chrome accents and special wheels.
The Mazda MX-5's exterior design looked like that of the original MX-5. The introduction of stability and traction control was seen in this generation. This was to increase the performance and stability of the Mazda MX-5.
A facelift was seen in 2008 where it was unveiled at a Paris Motor Show in London and in 2009 at the Chicago Auto Show. There were several changes which included restyling the front with the new head and fog lights.
2014, the fourth generation, saw an introduction of the Mazda MX-5, with a production code of ND. The Mazda MX-5 weighs roughly 1,000 kg. The Mazda MX-5 has 2 direct petrol engines and is available in manual and automatic transmission with six gears. The Mazda MX-5 has more power than the previous three and its performance is superb.