Mazda 100th Anniversary Models 2020

Mazda marks 100th anniversary with exclusive range of models

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In 2020, Mazda celebrates its 100th anniversary, a milestone in its history from being a company making cork products to the highly respected and admired carmaker it is today. Among the many activities the company had planned to mark the milestone is the 100th Anniversary Special Edition series.

This is a range of special versions of all the key passenger models in Mazda’s global line-up. The range was to have been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month which, unfortunately, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic growing in seriousness.

Designed to celebrate the company’s centenary, the 100th Anniversary models adopt a white-and-burgundy two-tone exterior/interior combination, inspired by high-grade versions of Mazda’s first passenger car – the Mazda R360 Coupe.

Mazda 100th Anniversary range


Mazda R360
The R360 Coupe was Mazda’s first passenger vehicle, introduced in 1960. The company had its sights set on becoming a full-line automaker, and its first undertaking made a memorable splash with a futuristic design and unique technologies.
Developed with extraordinary passion, the car was designed for people who wanted to fulfil their dream of owning their own car and contributed to the motorisation of Japan. Symbolizing that intention was a 4-stroke engine — unprecedented among micro-mini passenger cars of the time — and an automatic transmission that made driving easy.
Also noteworthy were the extensive weight-reduction efforts aimed at making the R360 Coupe nimble on the road. The powertrain used a good deal of light alloy materials, and the body adopted a monocoque construction.
A distinctive and stylish coupe form also contributed significantly to the weight-savings. These factors combined to provide — at an affordable price — driving performance that eclipsed the era’s preceding micro-mini passenger cars.

Mazda 100th Anniversary Models 2020
The 100th Anniversary series consists of all the global models in the current Mazda range.

With Snowflake White Pearlescent exterior paint contrasted with burgundy interior carpet and burgundy leather seats, the 100th anniversary cars are a stand-out celebration of Mazda’s centenary.

Additionally, they feature a host of customised touches to further add to their exclusivity. This includes the unique 100th Anniversary badge featuring on the burgundy floormats, on the key fob and embossed into the headrests. Externally, the same badge is on the wheel centres and the side of the car. Additionally, the 100th Anniversary MX-5 Convertible features a Dark Cherry fabric roof.

Mazda 100th Anniversary range

A special 100th Anniversary symbol overlays the current Mazda badge atop the original round logo of the Toyo Kogyo company. The design reflected the desire of Jujiro Matsuda, Mazda’s founder, to contribute to the world through engineering and the determination to constantly strive forwards.

The 100th Anniversary Special Edition series is also intended to express gratitude to the millions of people who have had dealings with Mazda over the years. It represents a pledge that though it may aim for the stars, the company will never forget its roots in the car-making business.

The exclusive series will be offered in Japan and certain other markets but Bermaz Motor, which represents the brand in Malaysia, says that they will not be available in Malaysia.

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