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Mazda MX-5 Miata FAQ

Production Information

Last updated: 15 July, 2014


What do the generational codes, "NA", "NB" and "NC" mean and where did they come from?

These coded are “Model Identifiers” per standard VIN coding convention. The “Model Identifier” code is the 4th and 5th position in the VIN. “NA” is the international code for “Miata”, M1 (Model 1 Miata). “NB” = M2 and “NC” = M3

What were the features and options available for the '99 model?

(Check out '99 Central for more info.)

The Miata underwent a redesign for the 1999 model year, with US availability in early 1998. The highlights of the changes are:

Standard features

  • 1.8 litre DOHC engine
  • Sport tuned exhaust
  • 5 speed manual gearbox
  • Rack & Pinion steering
  • Power assisted 4 wheel disc brakes
  • 14 inch steel wheels
  • Dual body-color mirrors
  • 2 speed windshield wipers
  • Tinted glass
  • Black cloth upholstery
  • Lockable glove box
  • Full center console with lock
  • Removable cup holder
  • Remote fuel door/trunk release
  • Dual air-bag with passenger side deactivation switch
  • AM/FM/CD stereo
  • Glass rear window with defogger

Option Packages

Power Steering Package

  • Variable assist power steering (Standard with Automatic)

Touring Package

  • Variable assist power steering
  • 14 inch alloy wheels
  • 3 spoke Nardi leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Power door mirrors
  • Power windows

Popular Equipment Package

  • Touring Package options plus:
  • Tweeter speakers
  • Torsen Limited slip differential (manual only)
  • Cruise control
  • Power antenna
  • Windblocker
  • Power Door Locks

Leather Package

  • Popular Equipment Package plus:
  • Tan leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Tan vinyl top
  • 15 inch alloy wheels w/ 195/50-R15 tires
  • BOSE audio system

Sports Package (manual trans only)

  • Sport suspension with Bilstein shocks
  • Rear spoiler
  • front air dam
  • 15 inch aluminum wheels w/ 195/50-R15 tires
  • Torsen Limited slip differential
  • 3 spoke Nardi leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Strut Bar

Other options:

  • ABS
  • 4 speed automatic trans
  • Hardtop with rear defogger
  • Air conditioning
  • BOSE audio system
  • Carpeted Floor Mats
  • Cassette Player

What happened to 1998?

No such animal in North America. The car we now know as the 1999 Miata was originally slated to be the '98. However due to delays in releasing the product, it was not available to the public at the beginning of 1998. Mazda marketing folks decided it would be best to call it a '99. So if you ever see a '98 Miata for sale, you might want to ask some questions.

There was a '98 Model in Europe. We're not sure why.

What factory colors are available, and what model years were they available?

The Miata was available in the following colors in the following model years in the United States:

Several concept colors were also produced in 1990.

Cars normally have black soft-tops and interior, however both tan and red leather are factory options on specific cars.

Over the years, Mazda has produced several Special and Limited Edition Miatas. Special thanks to John Emerson ( emerson@middlebury.edu) for compiling and contributing this information.

What were the different packages/options available for the Miata?

In 1990 the A package included power steering, alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel, and a factory AM/FM cassette. The B package added power windows, power antenna and cruise control. A/C was an option on any car. The optional hardtop required an A or B package in 1990. (The hardtop is now available for any model as an accessory) An automatic transmission was available for any model, and an optional limited slip differential was available for cars with a manual transmission. Packages were all or none decisions, and the individual items were not available individually. (Though you can buy most items and retrofit them yourself)

In 1991, ABS was added as an option.

In 1993 power mirrors became standard and a new C package which included tan leather interior and a tan top became available on all cars.

In 1994 the car was extensively changed. [engine, wheels, airbag, side intrusion, standard features, etc.]

The 1994 R package is a Base 1994 Miata with higher rate springs, special shocks, [different sized] anti-sway bars, torsen limited slip, and spoilers on the chin and trunklid. Air conditioning is the only available option.

The 1994 M Edition is a Montego Blue 1994 B Package Miata with polished aluminum wheels.

In 1995 The A,B and C package designations were dropped in favor of prefered equipment packages. Little change was made from the 1994 Model. The R model continues.

The 1995 M-Edition Features:

The 1996 M Edition is a Starlight Mica Blue model.

The 1997 M Edition is Marina Green.

See also:Special and Limited Editions and Chris Lambert's summary of Miatas in America.

How many of my color Miata were built?

Data compiled by John Emerson. Figures provided by Marketing Division of Mazda Corporation, Irvine, CA.
Code/Color 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Total
DU BLUE 6540 3633 2096 1082         13351
M8 BLUE         3003 2818 5742 4571 16134
PT WHITE         3565 2945 2160 1929 10599
PZ BLACK     4626 6111 5741 4877 4063 3702 29120
SU RED 29195 16000 11729 8415 6013 4888 4006 3950 84196
UC WHITE 12420 8855 5195 5874   122     32466
3L SILVER 3481 5802 1475           10758
6W BLUE         1788 440     2228
HU GREEN   3997             3997
HZ YELLOW     1515           1515 1
A1Q MERLOT           3500     3500
A5 STARLIGHT             3000   3000
13C GREEN               3000 3000
12K TWILIGHT               1500 1500
Totals 51636 38287 26636 21482 20110 19590 18971 18652 215364

NOTE 1: A different source lists VINS for exactly 1519 Sunburst yellow Miata, and this figure is likely nore accurate than the 1515 appearing in the table above; it is used below.

NB data compiled by Hawk Conrad and Stephen Foskett. Figures provided by Marketing Division of Mazda Corporation, Irvine, CA.
Code/Color 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Total
26S Blazing Yellow       1000   1000
A3F Brilliant Black 4616 1745 1717 1173 1090 10341
HU British Racing Green   3000     3000
SU Classic Red 5293 1521 2082 1702 1444 12042
23C Crystal Blue     2186 1469   3655
18J Emerald 8757 3114 2736 1461 688 16756
18K Evolution Orange 21 644       646
25F Garnet Red         1742 1742
18G Highlight Silver 6329 3446       9775
24A Laser Blue       1512   151
23E Mahogany   3000       3000
22A Midnight Blue     1458 1199 904 3561
A3D Pure White     1186 960 523 2669
20P Sapphire Blue 3000         3000
25R Splash Green         738 738
25E Strato Blue         1549 1549
22V Sunlight Silver     3782 2935 2543 9260
25G Titanium Gray       1491 1451 2942
12K Twilight Blue 2697 1310       4007
HZ Vivid Yellow       239   239
PT White 2676 1192       3868
Totals 33370 15972 18147 13780 12672 93941

 

NOTE 1: The 2 '99 Evolution Orange cars were for marketing purposes and not for general sale, though one may have been resold.

NOTE 2: A Mazda press release claims that there were 152 Laser Blues made in '02.

How many Special/Limited Edition Miatas were produced?

Data compiled by John Emerson. Figures from various sources; slight inconsistencies with figures  from Mazda US Marketing
Year Description Quantity Notes
1991 BRG Limited Edit 3997 numbered sequence
1992 Black Miata 4625 most with C package
1992 Sunburst Yellow 1519  
1993 Black/Red leath 1505 numbered sequence
1994 M Edition 3000 Montego Blue
1994 R Package 1218  
1994 Laguna Blue 1797 341 are C Packages
1995 M Edition 3500 Merlot
1995 R Package 465  
1995 Laguna Blue 562 122 are C packages
1996 M Edition 2968 Starlight Mica
1996 R Package 111  
1997 M Edition 3000 Marina Green
1997 STO Edition 1500 numbered sequence
1997 R Package 47  
1999 Evolution Orange 2 Imported for marketing
1999 10th Anniversary Edition 3000

Sapphire Blue

VINS and Build Dates

2000 Special Edition 3000

Mahogany Mica

VINS and Build Dates

2001 Special Edition 3000

British Racing Green

VINS and Build Dates

2002 Special Edition 1491

Titanium Gray

VINS and Build Dates

2002 Special Edition 1000

Blazing Yellow

VINS and Build Dates

2002 Special Order 239 Vivid Yellow
2002 Special Order 151 Laser Blue
2002 Special Order 4 Crystal Blue
2002 Special Order 2 Midnight Blue
2002 Special Order 1 Pure White
2002 Special Order 1 Brilliant Black
2002 Special Order 1 Emerald Mica
2002 Special Order 1 Sunlight Silver
2003 Special Edition 1549

Strato Blue

VINS and Build Dates

2003 Shinsen Version 1451

Titanium Gray

VINS and Build Dates

2004 Mazdaspeed 4000 VINS and Build Dates
2005 Mazdaspeed 1428 VINS and Build Dates

How many Miatas were produced?

Compiled by Brian Sundue

How many Miatas were sold in 19xx?

Compiled by Brian Sundue

How many US model XX packages were produced in 19xx?

Compiled by John Emerson. Data from Mazda Marketing, Irvine, CA
PACKAGE 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 TOTAL
N BASE 8022 6573 4639 2796 1946 6161 7815 4024 41976
A 27131 16157 9912 6385 6834 0 0 0 66419
B 16483 11560 7459 4073 2259 0 0 0 41834
C &STO 0 0 0 6723 4853 0 0 1500 13076
L & BRG 0 3997 0 0 0 3937 3348 2113 13395
LE 0 0 0 1505 0 0 0 0 1505
M ED 0 0 0 0 3000 3500 3000 3000 12500
P PEP 0 0 0 0 0 5527 4697 1122 11346
R 0 0 0 0 1218 465 111 47 1841
S SE 0 0 4626           4626
T TOUR               6846 6846
TOTAL 51636 38287 26636 21482 20110 19590 18971 18652 215364

What was the sticker price of an XX package?

Compiled by John Emerson.

1990(a)

1991(b)

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996(f)

1997(g)

1999

Base model

$13,800

$14,200

$14,800

$15,300

$16,650

$17,500

$18,450

$19,125

$19,770

LE or M Edition

na

$18,899

$17,050(c)

$21,920

$21,250

$23,530

$24,760

$24,485

na

Freight

$279 +$35

$299+$35

$350

$350

$395

$440

$450

$450

$450

Alaska premium

?

?

$200

$200

$200

$200

$200

$200

$200

Emissions package

$0

$0

$70

$75

$0

$0

$0

$0

$150

Power steering package

na

na

na

na

$300(d)

$300

$300

$300

na

A Package

$1,145(a)

$1,370

$1,370

$1,085

$1,710(e)

na

na

na

na

B Package

$1,930(a)

$1,965

$2,040

$1,605

$2,410(e)

na

na

na

na

C Package/Leather Package

na

na

$1,400(c)

$2,285

$3,110

$2,985

$2,985

$2,985

$3,975

same, for automatic

na

na

$1,400(c)

$2,285

$2,720

$2,595

$2,595

$2,595

$3,585

Popular equipment Package

na

na

na

na

na

$2,090

$2,090

$2,090

$2,330

same, for automatic

na

na

na

na

na

$1,700

$1,700

$1,700

$1,940

Special Touring Package

na

na

na

na

na

na

na

$1,100

$1,100

R or Sports package

na

na

na

na

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

$1,900

Appearance package I, II

na

na

na

na

na

na

na

na

595/995(h)

AM-FM/Cassette

packages

packages

packages

standard

standard

standard

standard

standard

$250

Floor mats

$59

$59

$65

$65

$65

$80

$80

$80

$80

Trim rings

na

na

na

na

package

package

package

package

$50

Power steering

packages

packages

packages

packages

package

package

package

package

$300

Air conditioning

$795

$805

$830

$830

$850

$900

$900

$900

$900

LSD

$250

$250

$250

$250

packages

packages

packages

packages

packages

ABS

na

$900

$900

$900

$900

$900

$900

$900

$550

Removable Hardtop

$1,400(a)

$1,400

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

Automatic Transmission

?

$720

$750

$750

$850

$850

$850

$850

$850

CD player

na

$600

$600

dealer

dealer

dealer

dealer

$350

standard

MSSS, MPSS or Bose with CD

na

na

na

$700

$700

?

875or 675

$675

$550

Premium yellow paint

na

na

$250

na

na

na

na

na

na

Windblocker

na

na

na

na

na

na

na

na

$150

Front & Rear Mudguards

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

$125

Fog lights

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

dealer inst.

$250



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