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Mazda Miata named best-selling sports car by Guinness World Records(TM); Mazda produces 600,000 MX-5 Miata Roadsters, breaks previous record

Hiroshima, Japan, February 13 -- Joining the ranks of the oldest living man (112-years old), tallest living woman (7 ft. 7 in.) and coldest place on Earth (Vostok, Antarctica), the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster today was named the best-selling sports car by Guinness World Records(TM). More than 600,000 of the popular sports car have been produced since it was introduced in 1989.

The Miata is world-renowned as a pure sports car and has a legion of loyal followers. Mazda's two newest Miatas were unveiled last week at the Chicago Auto Show. Both are limited-production Special Edition versions of the popular sports car and come equipped with a host of features that make these the "raciest" Miatas to date. For starters, both Miata SEs wear exhilarating paint jobs: one is Titanium Gray Metallic, the other Blazing Yellow Mica. The Titanium Gray SE model comes with a deep saddle brown leather faced interior and door panels and the Blazing Yellow SE has, for the first time in the Miata's 13-year history, a black leather interior.

Other features of both 2002 Miata SE models are a standard in-dash 6-CD changer with 200-watt Bose(R) AM/FM/CD audio system with speed-sensing audio volume control, a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, custom 16-inch Enkei alloy wheels and a host of unique aluminum touches.

The Guinness Book of World Records was first published in 1955. Since then, Guinness World Records(TM) has become a household name and the book has sold more than 80 million copies in 77 different countries. Every year, thousands of people from around the world contact Guinness World Records Ltd in the hope of becoming and official Guinness World Record holder.

Mazda North American Operations is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer parts and services support of Mazda vehicles in the United States. Headquartered in Irvine, California MNAO has more than 700 dealershipsnationwide.

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SOURCE Mazda North American Operations

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