The Mazda Museum
For the true Mazda enthusiast, owning and driving one of the all-new high-tech models just isn’t enough, because the real buff hails back to the days when Mazda was just making a name for itself. The development of the Wankel rotary engine, the Mazda Cosmo Sport, and the introduction of R100 Coupe in America — all this and so much more is what has gone into the formation of Mazda’s distinctive “zoom zoom” culture and its dedication to excellence in engineering and design that Cox Mazda in Bradenton is so proud to be a part of.
If this is all stuff you already knew about Mazda—or if it sounds like something you might want to learn more about—then you are or have the potential to become a dedicated Mazda enthusiast. And for the true devotee, the promise land of auto history is the Mazda Museum in Hiroshima, Japan.
At the Mazda Museum, viewers can get a look into both the history of Mazda’s storied past as well as the concepts and innovations that continue to move this Japanese and international auto giant forward.
Since the very beginning, Mazda has made a distinct name for itself at the forefront of innovation, and it has more than paid off in the long run. Starting with the fine-tuning of the Wankel rotary engine, Mazda holds the distinction of the first rotary car to win a U.S. auto race.
While Mazda took the last rotary engine officially out of production in 2012, they have now turned to fine-tuning their current powertrain lineup with their pioneering SkyActiv technology. With SkyActiv, a concept long sought after by automakers has become a reality. In models like the popular 2013 Mazda3, SkyActiv technology proves that a car can be incredibly affordable, fuel efficient, and powerful enough to produce a thrill. Starting at an MSRP of $16,700, the new Mazda3 is capable of getting up to an incredible 40 mpg highway while still pumping out 155 hp.
No matter where you look on the timeline of Mazda’s history you find a clear combination of innovation and foresight. You can see all of this at the Mazda Museum as you take a look back and forward into a Mazda story that is only just beginning.