Soon to go on sale later in the year, Mazda has started the production lines for their new MX-5 Miata. After its unveiling a couple of months ago, the first examples of the fourth-generation Miata are rolling off the assembly lines over at Mazda’s Ujina Plant No.1 in Hiroshima, Japan. It is also on the same plant where Fiat’s version of the MX-5, dubbed as the “124 Spider”, will also be built.
As for the time being, the first MX-5s rolling off the production lines are destined for the Japanese market where they will officially go on sale in June this year. Once the sale commences in Japan, the MX-5 will gradually make itself available to other markets worldwide.
The MX-5 is one of the most successful roadsters ever built as Mazda had sold over 950,000 units from the previous three generations, earning them a Guinness World Record for the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car. With the fourth-generation now on its way to the market, it should not be long before they get past the million-unit mark.
The new MX-5 Miata was unveiled on September 2014 and is 105mm shorter as well as being 100kg lighter than the predecessor. The car will come with either a 1.5-liter engine making out 129bhp or a larger 2.0-liter 155bhp engine destined for the US and Canada market. Mazda also offers either a manual or automatic transmission for the car, both with six gears.