RE: Mazda launches centenary edition MX-5

RE: Mazda launches centenary edition MX-5

Monday 3rd August 2020

UK pricing for Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary

100 years of Mazda, 100 cars for the UK, £30,000 for each one



Mazda has never needed excuse or occasion to make a special edition MX-5; for three decades now there have been limited production models celebrating everything from Gleneagles to Le Mans and Monaco to Montana. And who can forget the Jasper Conran edition? Mazda's centenary, however, deserves some recognition and the firm duly obliged earlier this year, with 100th Anniversary Special Edition models for, well, the entire range it seemed.

Now prices have been confirmed for the centenary line up, which will be comprised of 2, 3, 6, CX-30, CX-5 and MX-5 in the UK. The price for each of the 100 MX-5s - which will be sold exclusively with the 2.0-litre, 184hp engine - is ยฃ29,995. Which seems a lot for an MX-5, granted, though bear in mind that the most recent 1.5 special - the R Sport - retailed at ยฃ27,700 and it becomes a little more understandable. It's less than the Mazda6 100th Anniversary, too, of which the five cars coming here will cost ยฃ33,995.

As mentioned below, the 100th Anniversary MX-5 will be marked out by a colour scheme that evokes the R360 - Mazda's first car - with Snowflake White exterior and Dark Cherry roof. UK customers will be treated to a 1:43 scale model of that R360 as well as book documenting the band's first century. Mazda says the cars will "offer a desirable blend of stand-out design and exclusivity for UK fans", with the MX-5s due here in the autumn. And if that's too long to wait, don't forget that Mazda's iconic roadster celebrated its own significant birthday last year, turning 30 years old. One of those special editions is available for ยฃ25k... MB




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ORIGINAL STORY, 03/04/2020:
2020 may have gotten off to perhaps the worst start of any year in living memory, but despite packing its schedule as chock full of awful events as it could, there's still room for one or two positive dates in the diary. Milestones like the one we passed on January 30th, when one of motoring's greatest marques celebrated its centenary.

Yes, it has now been over 100 years since Jujiro Matsuda, who had travelled to Osaka to become an apprentice blacksmith, returned to his hometown of Hiroshima and opened his own foundry. The following 40 years were spent not in the production of cars, but first machinery and, eventually, trucks. In 1960, however, everything changed, with the debut of his first production car: the Mazda R360.


To mark such a momentous anniversary, Mazda has done what it does best, and launched a special-edition MX-5 - what else? Originally intended to be shown at last month's abandoned Geneva show, the car in question - creatively dubbed the '100th Anniversary Special Edition' - takes its cues from that R360, with several features paying homage to its design.

Foremost amongst these are Snowflake White Pearlescent paint, a contrasting burgundy interior and a Dark Cherry fabric roof. A unique 100th Anniversary badge has also been created; an amalgamation of the current Mazda logo and that of Matsuda's original Toyo Kogyo company, the design of which was said to reflect its founder's desire to contribute to the world through engineering and determination to constantly strive forwards. It can be found throughout the car, most notably embossed into the headrests, stamped on the centre caps of the wheels and printed on the key fob.


The 100th Anniversary Special Edition doesn't end with the MX-5, however. In Japan it's set to extend right through the range to include the Mazda 2, 3, 6, CX-3, CX-30, CX-5, CX-8, MX-5 and MX-5 RF. Closer to home, meanwhile, buyers will only get a shot at 100 examples each of the MX-5 (RF not included), CX-30 and 3, all of which are set to go on sale later this year. A decision on whether or not to bring Anniversary editions of the Mazda 6 and CX-5 to UK shores will be made at a later date.

UK pricing and specification is also left for another time, although we wouldn't bet against the cars being reasonably well equipped. Commenting on the 100th Anniversary Special Editions, Mazda UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson, said: "Mazda Corporation has created these special models as a token of appreciation for the customers who have supported Mazda through the years ... UK buyers have always loved special edition MX-5s so I'm sure that with its distinctive cherry roof and burgundy interior, the 100th Anniversary Special Edition Convertible will be very popular, while the first opportunity to have distinctive limited-edition versions of our latest cars: the Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30 is equally exciting."






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romac

Original Poster:

201 posts

109 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Tell us more about that cute lil R360!

Nickp82

2,512 posts

56 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Lovely colour combo

fido

15,076 posts

218 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Yummy - like this alot. Shame they could tweak the PS to a nice round number as well.

Hammerhead

2,548 posts

217 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Very nice cool

shantybeater

962 posts

132 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Lovely combo, the new MX5's really do look like a modern day S2000 to my eyes.

edwheels

249 posts

109 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Great colour combo and 100 years is well worth marking with a special edition...




Jamescrs

1,647 posts

28 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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anonymous said:
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You are quite right Mazda love to release a limited edition MX-5certainly since the MK-2 version if not the Mk-1

MayNine

11 posts

24 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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I don't usually get too excited about wheel design, but they are lovely.

usualdog1

51 posts

45 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Someone, somewhere must have a list of all the special ed MX5s I'm guessing the Le Mans rep was one of the first?

Edited by usualdog1 on Friday 3rd April 16:47

Hot_Hatch_Fan

878 posts

160 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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This is nice, but prefer the 30th Anniversary.

SFO

5,016 posts

146 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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lovely classic combination

biggbn

9,171 posts

183 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Nice looking motor

Augustus Windsock

2,420 posts

118 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Jamescrs said:
anonymous said:
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You are quite right Mazda love to release a limited edition MX-5certainly since the MK-2 version if not the Mk-1
Er, think you’ll find there were at least 10 limited edition mk1 models, including Gleneagles, Berkeley etc etc?
Correct me if I’m wrong of course....

stickleback123

7,543 posts

152 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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MayNine said:
I don't usually get too excited about wheel design, but they are lovely.
Standard wheel on a couple of trim levels since they came out in 2015.

I love the colour combo, it's one of the very few cars I really like in white and the roof sets it off perfectly.

Shelsleyf2

384 posts

195 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Augustus Windsock said:
Jamescrs said:
anonymous said:
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You are quite right Mazda love to release a limited edition MX-5certainly since the MK-2 version if not the Mk-1
Er, think you’ll find there were at least 10 limited edition mk1 models, including Gleneagles, Berkeley etc etc?
Correct me if I’m wrong of course....
Not sure how many Mazda Japan were responsible for and how many the U.K. importers created. This is obviously a Mazda Japan creation.

S4mb0x

36 posts

85 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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I really rather like that.

Zygot

153 posts

35 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Love the car, like the colour combo. But, is it just me, or are Mazda seat coverings not hard wearing? My wife's mk1 seat suffered the usual bolster rash (okay, it was 25 years old, but stay with me....) and with summer coming, I've been looking at secondhand mk 4's. Fancy a 2.0 sport nav, but even the low mileage ones look like the drivers seat has come out of a 300k Merc taxi. Not a deal breaker, but irritating. Any owners experience here?

bazza white

2,918 posts

91 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Jamescrs said:
anonymous said:
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You are quite right Mazda love to release a limited edition MX-5certainly since the MK-2 version if not the Mk-1
Don't mazda do editions as limited options available.


stickleback123

7,543 posts

152 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Zygot said:
Love the car, like the colour combo. But, is it just me, or are Mazda seat coverings not hard wearing? My wife's mk1 seat suffered the usual bolster rash (okay, it was 25 years old, but stay with me....) and with summer coming, I've been looking at secondhand mk 4's. Fancy a 2.0 sport nav, but even the low mileage ones look like the drivers seat has come out of a 300k Merc taxi. Not a deal breaker, but irritating. Any owners experience here?
Yes, the sand leather seats in my six month old car are already discolouring and looking tired despite careful care. Seats looked like new after 150k in my Volvo C70, and all my previous cars, so I don’t think it is me.

marcom44

20 posts

67 months

Friday 3rd April 2020
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Could be a collectors item as we cannot buy anything and when we can most of us will have no money or a job.