"A new car launch is always a critical and exciting event for any car company," said Hisakazu Imaki, president and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation. "But the launch of a brand icon like the MX-5 is particularly special. This is a great moment for all Mazda employees--and a great day for car enthusiasts around the world."
The all-new MX-5 is already one of the hottest cars of 2005. It was first shown to the public in March at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show and has since been featured prominently around the world, at key auto shows in cities such as Melbourne, Shanghai and New York. The third- generation of the record-setting roadster is an updated and improved version of the most popular two-seat, open-top sports car of all time. In April 2005, the Guinness World Book of Records officially recertified the MX-5 as the best-selling two-seat sports car ever--when production of the second-generation model came to an end in December 2004, a total of 718,954 vehicles had been built. And there are now more on the way.