2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata (© Mazda Motor of America, Inc.)Click to enlarge picture

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster's 1989 Chicago Auto Show debut. To commemorate the milestone, the Japanese automaker is celebrating in a big way with a dedicated Miata booth at the upcoming 2014 New York International Auto Show.

Mazda will display 15 MX-5 Miata roadsters from the past 25 years, including concepts, race cars, and production models in the dedicated booth. The Miata is now in its third generation, and Mazda has sold more than 900,000 examples of the classic roadster as of the end of 2013.

"MX-5 Miata is the quintessential Mazda," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO, in a release. "And after 25 years, every vehicle in the lineup continues to feature some characteristic of MX-5: a fluid shifter, lightness on its feet, quickness around a corner, a fun-to-drive DNA... MX-5's direct connection between car and driver still remains the standard feature that puts smiles on drivers' faces."

View Pictures:  25 years of the Mazda Miata

After a quarter of a century, the Miata is still a true driver's car, beating the 2013 Scion FR-S in our last comparison. With the current Miata nearing the end of its life cycle, anticipation is building for the next-generation model, which is said to debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, 26 years after the original car's debut.

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