Mazda is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year ever since the company was founded in 30th of January 1920. In doing so, they’ve announced a line up of 100th Anniversary Special Edition models which will go on sale until March 2021.

There will be a special edition model for every vehicle in Mazda’s line-up – from the MX-5 to the CX-5, CX-8, CX-3 and CX-30 crossover. For now, these models are exclusive to the Japanese market.

Each of the models will feature a two-tone Snow Flake White Pearl and Burgundy colour scheme much like the R360 from 60 years ago – the first car Mazda ever made.

There are also generous doses of the 100th Anniversary logo. This can be seen on the hubcaps, key fob, headrests, floor mats and front fenders. Burgundy is also featured inside the cabin, on the floor carpets.

The two-door, four-seater R360 was powered by a 356 c.c engine making just 16 hp. It may not seem like much, but it didn’t matter as the R360 only weighed 380 kg and was capable of hitting a top speed of 90 km/h. The engine was paired to a four-speed manual and with an optional semi-automatic transmission – Japan’s first torque-converter automatic transmission at the time.

Mazda said the 100th Anniversary Special Edition series was designed to express gratitude to the millions of people who have had dealings with the company over the years and pledged that although it may aim for the stars, the company would never forget its roots.


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