Mazda MX-5 Special Edition with R360

Mazda MX-5 Special Edition with R360

Celebrating 100 years since its foundation as a cork manufacturer in January 1920, Mazda Corporation will release a 100th Anniversary Special Edition series of its major models.

The special edition models pay homage to the company’s first passenger car, the R360 Coupe. Mazda says it was designed to make car ownership accessible to many. It was powered by a four-cylinder engine driving through an automatic transmission.

An R360 Coupe was best-demonstrated in Australia on a 1,500km Perth to Esperance and back endurance drive in 1961. 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 guards, key fob, wheel caps, headrests and floor mats.

Coming to Australia later in 2020, Mazda’s 100th Anniversary Special Editions will be available in limited numbers across the Mazda range. Models offered are: MX-5, Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-30, CX-5, CX-8 and CX-9

Potential customers can register their interest. Numbers, pricing and on sale dates will be released later.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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