Mazda has begun production of its all-new and highly anticipated MX-5 RF, with the first cars set to hit North American and European markets before the end of 2016. Japanese consumers will have to wait a little longer, as the first MX-5 RFs are expected there in early 2017.

Assembled at the number 1 Ujina plant near the carmaker’s head office in Hiroshima, Japan, the Mazda MX-5 RF has generated much enthusiasm since it was first unveiled earlier this year.

Curious to know more about the conception of the new MX-5? Mazda has created a website where you can learn the backstory of the latest iteration of the popular roadster.