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– The World-Renowned Roadster Makes Its 13th Appearance on the 10Best List –

IRVINE, Calif. (December 7, 2011) – The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been named to Car and Driver‘s 10Best Cars list, its seventh year in a row and 13th overall since the two-seat roadster made its global debut in 1989.  The small-in-size but spunky-in-sports-appeal convertible is a favorite among daily drivers and weekend road racers alike, and, as proven by its frequent appearance on the magazine’s annual top-ten list, has captured the hearts of automotive critics.

“Affordable, attainable, agile and attractive – the MX-5 Miata is as balanced a sports car as they come,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  “A world record holder as both the most popular two-seat roadster ever produced[1] and as the most raced nameplate, the MX-5 sets the bar high on sports car performance and driving pleasure.”

According to Car and Driver, “Here was an affordable roadster without drawback, a compact slingshot more fun than many cars costing twice as much.”  The MX-5 first landed a spot on 10Best list in 1990 – its first model year – and has been a regular ever since. 

The third-generation MX-5 is powered by an MZR 2.0-liter engine, which produces up to 167 horsepower, delivers 140 lb-ft of torque and redlines at 7,200 rpm.  Available with a soft top or industry-fastest 12-second Power Retractable Hard Top, the 2012 model starts at $23,190.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers.  Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

For more information on Mazda vehicles, visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.  Product B-roll may be ordered online by visiting The News Market at www.thenewsmarket.com/mazda

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[1] According to Guinness World Records


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