Celebrating 100 years since its foundation as a humble cork manufacturer, Mazda will release a 100th Anniversary Special Edition series of its major models.
The special edition models pay homage to Mazda’s history and its tenacious challenger spirit, drawing inspiration from the company’s first ever passenger car, the R360 Coupe.
Designed to make car ownership desirable and accessible to all, the R360 Coupe pushed boundaries – even in the design-liberal 1960s. Powered by a four-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission and a lightweight body, R360 Coupe was easy to drive and handle while also boasting impressive reliability, a strength best-demonstrated on a 1,500km Perth to Esperance and back endurance drive in 1961.
Today, Mazda’s goal remains unchanged and traces of the innovative thinking that characterised this early model abound today.
As a nod to the company’s roots, the 100th Anniversary Special Edition series borrows the distinctive burgundy and white of the high grade R360’s two-tone design.
All special edition models are finished in Snowflake White Pearl Mica, with a rich burgundy interior. The same Burgundy leather introduced on Mazda3 adorns the seats, and the colour scheme is repeated on the floor mats and floor carpet.
Models are also distinguished by 100th Anniversary Special Edition badging, which combines the current Mazda brand mark with the round logo created when Toyo Kogyo was first formed. The logo features on the front fender, key fob, wheel caps, head rests and floor mats.
Set to arrive in Australia in late 2020, Mazda’s 100th Anniversary Special Editions will be available in limited numbers across the Mazda range, including on the popular Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30. Full pricing and specification will be announced closer to local launch.
100th Anniversary Special Edition models:
- Mazda MX-5
- Mazda CX-3
- Mazda CX-30
- Mazda CX-5
- Mazda CX-8
- Mazda CX-9