Mazda specials

celebrate centenary

Mazda MX-5 Convertible 100th Anniversary Edition
Mazda MX-5 Convertible 100th Anniversary Edition side
Mazda MX-5 Convertible 100th Anniversary Edition cockpit
Mazda MX-5 Convertible 100th Anniversary Edition and R360 Coupe

YOU'LL be able to have any colour you want when Mazda launches a series of very special special editions later this year - as long as it's white.

The new specials will be available in strictly limited numbers to celebrate the Japanese brand's 100 Anniversary and each will be finished in snowflake white-pearlescent paintwork with burgundy interior trim, inspired by high-grade versions of Mazda's first ever passenger car, the Mazda R360 Coupe.

The company can trace its roots back 100 years, when company founder Jujiro Matsuda set up his own foundry in Osaka. Having has a successful engineering career he returned to his native Hiroshima to join what would become the Toyo Kogyo company and led the firm into machinery manufacturing, which ultimately led to the production of three-wheeled trucks, building the basis of the Mazda we know today.

However, the company's first production car, the R360 micro coupe, did not appear until 1960. It proved to be a huge sales success, and the white body/red roof two-tone design of high-grade versions has now inspired the colour combination of Mazda's 100 Anniversary models.

Every key model in Mazda's passenger car line-up will be produced in the anniversary edition livery, but only three models have so far been confirmed for the UK market - the MX-5 Convertible, CX-30 and Mazda3. Only 100 examples of each will be available when they go on sale later this year.

Although exact UK specifications for the special edition models have yet to be decided, they will feature numerous bespoke touches including a unique 100 Anniversary badge featuring on the burgundy floormats, on the key fob and embossed into the headrests of the burgundy leather seats. Externally, the same badge is on the wheel centres and the side of the car. Additionally, the 100 Anniversary MX-5 Convertible features a Dark Cherry fabric roof.

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