Twenty years since it first arrived in the UK, the Mazda MX-5 has achieved another significant milestone with sales of the iconic sports car hitting 100,000 units.

Attributes that include wind in the hair motoring, the joy of driving, outstanding handling, affordability and unadulterated fun, have encouraged 100,000 British motorists to buy a Mazda MX-5 over the last two decades.

Despite the climate the Mazda MX-5 has proven to be the UK’s most popular sportscar, with British motorists accounting for over 10 percent of global sales and 40 percent of European sales since the MX-5’s introduction in 1990.

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While the MX-5 enjoyed success in the UK it was also well received across the globe.  It entered in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000 as the best-selling two-seater sportscar in history and racked up over 178 awards with more than 880,000 sales across two decades.

“The legendary Mazda MX-5 is the car most people associate with Mazda,” said Mark Cameron, sales director, Mazda UK.  “It is a car that people not only aspire to, but can afford to run and enjoy driving on a daily basis.  This iconic sportscar’s handling has been voted as the best by motoring magazines.  It is a fun car that makes each journey an enjoyable experience – a car that encompasses Mazda’s soul.”