Hiroshima, Japan: Mazda Motor Corporation has started production of the Mazda MX-5 RF retractable fastback at Ujina Plant No.1, located near its global headquarters in Hiroshima.

Production began with models bound for North America and Europe, with launches scheduled for both regions from early next year. Japan sales commence later this year, followed by Australia in the first quarter of 2017.

Truly a member of the MX-5 family, the Mazda MX-5 RF fully embodies the “lots of fun” core value that has defined the MX-5 throughout its 27-year history.

The Mazda MX-5 RF features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear end, and its unique rear roof and retractable back window offer a new open-air feeling.

A beautifully designed hardtop, the power roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 10 km/h with the press of a button, and the roof is stowed compactly and efficiently in a limited space.

Despite its fastback styling and hardtop roof, the MX-5 RF offers the same amount of boot space as the soft-top model.

In Australia, the model will feature the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre petrol engine.

Highly acclaimed, and boasting over 280 automotive awards from around the world, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 was named the 2016 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and Wheels Car of The Year.

Production of the Mazda MX-5 reached one million units on April 22 this year.