We are in love with Mazda R360 The most adorable car. 18. März 2020 DON'T KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF Among all the fantastic cars we love, the most adorable is without any doubt, the Mazda R360. This two-door, four-seat Coupé was in fact, designed in 1960 hence its vintage look. Here are a few reasons why the Japanese automobile manufacturer picked the Mazda R360 to mark Mazda’s 100th anniversary. A bit of history Mazda started as a Tokyo Cork Kogyo Co Ltd, an artificial cork maker a hundred years ago. The industrialist Jujiro Masuda turned the company into a manufacturer of machine tool and in 1931, launched its first vehicle, the three-wheeled truck called Mazda-No DA type. Mazda-No Da Type Finally, in 1960, the company started making the adorable Mazda R360 that became an instant hit. Why was it such a success? Launch of the Mazda R360 at Tokyo Motor Show in 1960. The Japanese government created a microcar segment, the Kei car, in 1949. Back then, Mazda R360 was the first Kei car to be a Coupé. Comparing to the sedans and hatchbacks available at the time, our cute automobile was super sporty. On the day it was launched, 4500 cars were sold. By the end of the ‘60s, Mazda’s microcar had secured 15% of the entire domestic market. Modern engine The formidable microcar. Besides the modern style, the car also had a four-speed manual gearbox and Japan’s first semi-automatic transmission. The modern automobile also had a four-stroke engine, which was a vast difference compared to the two-stroke motors of the other Kei cars. This new engine made the cute Kei car quieter and more fuel-efficient. Premium features Mazda R360. Photo via Wikimedia. To make the car lighter, engineers used aluminium cylinder heads and hood, magnesium alloy transmission case and a plexiglass rear window. The total weight of the car was 380 kilograms, which allowed it to reach the top speed of 90 km/h despite its V-twin engine producing only 16 horsepower. In 1964, a convertible version came out but sadly, the production of the fabulous Mazda R360 lasted only six years. Photos courtesy of Mazda. SAME SAME BUT DIFFEREN The best colours for your skin tone: know what to wear Hues to look your best. The birth and death of a diet From pineapple to paleo diet. Juliette Binoche & artists say „No To A Return To Normal“ After Coronavirus pandemic. Why we all should drink coconut water every day Tropical paradise in a bottle. 10 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth II Long live the Queen!