Mazda, the trade name of Toyo Kogyo, whose factory is situated at Hiroshima, introduce a new design labelled the Mazda 1000 S.S.A. II which is intended for production next year. It is a very smart four-door saloon with Italianate styling, particularly noticeable in the treatment of the single headlamps. Unlike all other Mazda models it has a front engine (in-line water-cooled four-cylinder). The front suspension is by semi-trailing wishbones with combined coil springs and telescopic dampers, the wheels turning on ball pivots. A live rear axle is carried on half-elliptic springs. The car was exhibited on a raised dais so that it was not possible to examine its interior or assess its accommodation.
The Mazda N600, also a prototype last year, has enjoyed quite astonishing success since going into production at a rate of 1,000 per month. Among its technical features are a 586 c.c. transverse-mounted water-cooled four-stroke engine and Al-Fin brake drums; in de luxe form it sells for £435.