Also known as the Eunos Roadster in Japan, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a compact and light-weight two-seater convertible that is manufactured in Hiroshima, Japan. The first model was launched back in 1989, and since then, it has undergone significant advancements from generation after generation.
1990-1998: First Generation
In 1989, the first Mazda Miata debuted at the Chicago Auto Show and became available to all potential buyers worldwide. The model was the first ever sports car that was affordable to the masses. Steel and lightweight aluminum were used to build the car body that also came with a hardtop as an option. It was manufactured with an independent double wishbone and an anti-roll bar that can be found both at the rear and the front. It was also manufactured with a 1.6 L dual overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine that could create 86 kW at an rpm of 6,800 and 100 lb. ft. of torque at an rpm of 5,500. However, the first generation model ended in production back in 1998.
1998-2005: Second Generation
When the first generation stopped in production in 1998, the second generation Miata was launched for the 1999 model year. It came with a more powerful engine. The most dramatic enhancement it had undergone was the headlights, which were fixed, unlike from the previous model that were retractable. It had the same four-wheel suspension as the previous one, but the wheels, brakes, and tires were upgraded to perform even better. This gave the masses a chance to drive a convertible/sports car that had a better engine and suspension. The production ended in 2005.
2005-present: Third Generation
Unfortunately, the sales went on a slide on the second generation, which led the company to manufacture the third generation Mazda Miata in 2005 for the 2006 model year. From the previous 4-wheel double wishbone suspension, the new Miata was built with a front wishbone/rear multilink setup. In the United States, it came with the new 16-valve, 2.0 L MZR I4, which can produce 130 kW with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission. There are a lot of other versions that were also built, which began in 2008 when the carmaker launched the MX-5 Facelift. From then on, it created other special editions, such as the Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary models in 2009 and the MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition in 2010. The third generation Mazda Miata is still available today and can still be seen speeding down the road.