HIROSHIMA, JAPAN – Mazda Motor Corp. recently started production of the all-new, third-generation MX-5 Miata at the Ujina No.1 (U1) plant located near Mazda's global headquarters. Called the all-new Mazda Roadster in Japan, the MX-5 is the first new model to be mass-produced at Mazda's U1 plant. The first MX-5 off the line was a Limited edition model – bound for North America – painted velocity red, with a red leather interior. It was outfitted with a 16-valve, 2.0L four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual gearbox. The all-new MX-5 was first shown to the public in March at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show and has since been featured around the world at key auto shows in cities such as Melbourne, Shanghai, and New York. The third-generation roadster is an updated and improved version of the two-seat, open-top sports car. In April 2005, the Guinness World Book of Records officially recertified the MX-5 as the best-selling two-seat sports car ever – when production of the second-generation model came to an end in December 2004, a total of 718,954 vehicles had been built.

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