Back in 1920, a cork manufacturer by the name of Toyo Kogyo decided to branch out into the transportation sector. That company later went on to become Mazda, and now they're celebrating their 100th year anniversary.
In order to commemorate the historic event, the Hiroshima-based manufacturer has given its entire lineup a subtle makeover.
Called the 100th Anniversary Special Edition models, they feature a retro motif inspired by the Mazda’s first-ever passenger car – the 1960 R360 Coupe. For those who have never of the vehicle, it’s a small two-door four-seater model which was one of Japan’s original kei cars. It is this very vehicle that now serves as the inspiration for all of the special edition models.
The 100th Anniversary Special Edition lineup consists of the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, MX-5, MX-5 RF, CX-3, CX-30, MX-30, and the CX-5. All models are finished in Snowflake White Pearlescent exterior paint. They are then contrasted with burgundy interior carpet and burgundy leather seats inside the cabin. To further help them stand out from standard models, there are a bunch of bespoke touches including the 100th Anniversary badge featured on the burgundy floormats, on the key fob and embossed into the headrests. Unique to the MX-5 Convertible is the Dark Cherry fabric roof.
For those wondering about the unique design of the 100th Anniversary symbol, it overlays the current Mazda badge atop the original round logo of the Toyo Kogyo company. According to Mazda, the design “reflected the desire of Mazda founder Jujiro Matsuda.
All changes made to the 100th Anniversary Special Edition models are purely aesthetic. As such, they retain the same powertrain they are offered with. No power upgrades offered here, sorry guys.
Currently, the 100th Anniversary Special Edition models are available for pre-order in Japan.