Mazda Miata to celebrate 25th anniversary at New York
The best-selling 2-seat roadster in history turns 25 years old.
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."
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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I was a car nut long before I was able to drive. When I came of age, my first car was a Citroen Traction Avant, and that when most of my friends were driving Morris Eights, Hillman Minx, Austin A-40s and Standard Eights.... You bet I know cars. Especially the old marques. I read all about them, doodled them and dreamed of becoming a car designer. Well, my parents told me I would make no money in that field, and that I should "go study." I did, got my degree, found a job, started a business. Still, I will have to admit, many scores of years later, I am just getting by. I sure missed my calling!
But, I am as car crazy as ever! And I try my best to stay current on the topic. Indeed, cars have come a long way. They have improved tremendously in the area of durability, driveablity, and longevity.
Compared with the cars of a few decades ago, I will have to say this: the computerized cars of today are much more user-friendly, and lasting. Many of the cars made years and years ago, that are today regarded as "collector cars" are mostly trouble. Hard to keep in shape and in tune, they make fools of their owners, when you come to think of it. One has to be pretty loaded to be able to keep them in running order! I know, for I own an old car (considered collectible) myself. It has come to look dorky on the road. (That is if I was able to get it running!) But, will I part with it? I may be crazy, but I would have to have my palm very well-greased, to do so! Old cars are mostly problems, but we old guys have a problem too, with junking them.
You gotta take your hat off to the Japanese! Mazda saw how popular the MGAs and MGBs were, and decided to make one (calling it the Miata) that does not need any tinkering to keep running right!
Now, why doesn't Detroit know how to do that? You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out!