As we reported back in April, Mazda is marking its 100th anniversary in 2020 with the production of limited-edition versions of seven of its models. These editions of the CX-3, CX-30, CX-5, CX-9, Mazda2 (Japan), Mazda3 and Mazda6 models will feature unique white exteriors with burgundy interiors, in homage to the R360 Coupe produced in 1960.
Why the R360? Because it was the first actual passenger car produced by the company, which had been in existence since 1920. Originally the Hiroshima-based company produced cork, believe it or not, but Mazda founder Jujiro Matsuda developed a vision of creating a passenger vehicle accessible to all, one that would allow people more freedom to go where they wanted and needed to go. At this time was born Mazda's desire to "never-stop challenging".
The R360 coupe introduced to the world in 1960 featured a four-cylinder engine with automatic transmission, with its distinctive shape fashioned largely to minimize the car’s weight. To that end, the model made wide use of light alloy materials for the powertrain, over which went a monocoque body.
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