“Miata” is the name of a car model made by the Japanese automaker Mazda. It is a two-seater sports car that is also known as the Mazda MX-5. The name “Miata” was chosen for the car when it was first introduced in 1989, and it has been used ever since to refer to the model.
The name “Miata” is derived from the “Miata” project, which was a code name that Mazda used when developing the car. The goal of the project was to create a small, lightweight roadster that would be fun to drive and affordable to own. In order to achieve this goal, Mazda engineers focused on making the car as light and agile as possible, while also incorporating a number of advanced technologies and features.
The word “Miata”
The name “Miata” is believed to be a combination of the words “mi” and “ata,” which have Old High German origins. “Mi” means “reward,” while “ata” means “benefit.” Together, these words suggest that the car was designed to be a rewarding and beneficial vehicle for its owners.
History of the Miata
Since its introduction in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has become one of the most popular sports cars in the world. It is known for its nimble handling and quick acceleration, as well as its sleek and stylish design. Over the years, the Miata has undergone several redesigns and updates, but it has always remained true to its original concept of a small, lightweight roadster.
NA Miata (1989-1997)
The first generation of the Miata, known as the NA, was introduced in 1989. It was a small, lightweight roadster that was designed to be fun to drive and affordable to own. The NA featured a 1.6-liter (and later 1.8-liter) inline-four engine and a five-speed manual transmission, as well as a number of advanced technologies and features. It was praised for its nimble handling and quick acceleration, and it quickly became a popular choice among car enthusiasts.
NB Miata (1998-2004)
The second generation of the Miata, known as the NB, was introduced in 1998. It featured a more powerful 1.8-liter engine and a redesigned exterior, as well as a number of new features and technologies. The NB was also available with a six-speed manual transmission, which allowed for even faster acceleration. Despite its improvements, the NB retained the nimble handling and affordable price of the original Miata, making it a popular choice among sports car enthusiasts.
NC Miata (2005-2014)
The third generation of the Miata, known as the NC, was introduced in 2005. It featured a completely redesigned exterior and interior, as well as a number of new technologies and features. The NC also featured a larger, more powerful 2.0-liter engine, as well as a number of different transmission options, including a six-speed automatic. Despite its larger size and more powerful engine, the NC retained the nimble handling and affordable price of the previous generations of the Miata, making it a popular choice among sports car enthusiasts.
ND Miata (2015-Current)
The ND (or fourth) generation of the Mazda Miata, also known as the MX-5, was introduced in 2015. This generation marked the 25th anniversary of the Miata, and Mazda celebrated by making the car lighter, more agile, and more fun to drive than ever before. The ND Miata was available as a soft top convertible or a retractable hardtop convertible, and it came with a choice of two engines: a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a more powerful turbocharged version. Both engines were paired with a six-speed manual transmission, although a six-speed automatic was also available. The ND Miata was praised by critics for its driving dynamics and affordability, and it was named the 2016 World Car of the Year. Despite its small size, the ND Miata offered a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience, making it a favorite among enthusiasts.
Today, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is considered a classic sports car, and it has a large and dedicated following among car enthusiasts. It continues to be produced and sold by Mazda, and it remains one of the company’s most popular models. Whether you are a car enthusiast looking for a fun and affordable sports car, or simply someone who appreciates good design and engineering, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a vehicle that is sure to impress.
“Every day that I can work on my Miata, drive my Miata, or even think about my Miata is a good day.”— Dylan Howell, Only Miata