It takes a certain level of popularity to achieve a Guinness World Record 11 years ago in 2000 and still keep re-writing it a decade after the first record was initially set.

Then again, when you put ‘popular’ and ‘roadster’ in the same sentence, you immediately think of the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

After setting a world record for “best-selling two-seat sports car” in May 2000 when production totaled to 531,890 models, the MX-5 Miata just keeps raising the car by continuing to re-write its own record even after years of setting the original number. Earlier today, the most popular roadster in history broke the 900,000 barrier, becoming the first of its kind to reach that figure. Even more impressive is the fact that the MX-5 first started breaking hearts as early as 1989 and 21 years after it’s debut, the two-door roadster is still as popular as ever.

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Unit number 900,000, which was built just today, is expected to be sent over to Germany where the unknowing owner will have the treat of having the 900,000th MX-5 Miata to have been built. The mere fact that this two-door Japanese roadster is headed to its owner in Germany is a testament to the model’s worldwide popularity, one that we don’t expect to wane anytime soon.

Now that Mazda is about 100,000 short of 1 million models, we can’t wait for the day when car no. 1 million rolls off the production block. If we were betting men, we’d put the house down on it happening in the next few years.

Source: Mazda

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  (386) posted on 03.14.2011

This one is surely a big achievement for Mazda and the MX-5. But they might not be able to reach the one millionth mark soon. Is it true that they are shutting down the Miata’s production?

  (38) posted on 02.7.2011

I’m sad, as a car enthusiast, that there is a market for that many of those things. I’d rather go to work in a ballerina costume than have to ever drive one of those every day. There’s a lot of reasons that I can’t take Mazda seriously, but that’s reason number 1 right there. Maybe I just can’t appreciate that car because I’m not a 70-year old widower, since that’s who I usually see driving them.

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