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Mazda Museum, Hiroshima – Part II

Previous post: Mazda Museum, Hiroshima – Part I

Date: 17th December 2012

 

At 10.30am sharp, a beautiful lass called us and directed us out of the lobby. Then only we knew that the museum is SOMEWHERE else!!

 

Inside the bus we were told that it would take about 10 minutes to get to the museum. Along the way we came across buildings that house the Mazda personnels from various departments (human resource, marketing, design, R&D, etc etc). She also told us that we were not allowed to snap any photo while in the journey (from inside the bus).

 

At the museum, we would be told where we were allowed to take pictures, and where we were allowed to.

 

Here’s our guide, at the beginning of the museum tour:

 

We were given a brief history of Mazda, and let us roam around the area where the famous Mazda cars of yester-years  were displayed:

 

Familiar with this Capella?

 

The Familia

 

A long wall of the history of Mazda, which started from 1920s:

 

into the 1970s

 

All the way into the 1990s (and beyond)

 

Another long shot view:

 

 

some old favourites:

 

We were told that the first vehicle produced by Mazda was this 3-wheeler:

 

elegant oldies:

 

well-kept:

 

Mazda’s first utility van, The Bongo:

 

More cars:

 

nice ambiance too:

 

Then we were shown the engines (I was clueless here):

 

More cars:

 

I wonder if these people really understood?

 

The various parts of the car:

 

The body:

 

Here’s the section that describes the stamping process:

 

Accessories inside the car:

 

Description on the painting job:

 

Various layers of painting:

 

This was the Mazda racing car that won some competition (can’t remember now :( )

 

We were then taken into an area of the ACTUAL production section, where the robots were fixing certain parts to the cars. Unfortunately no photography was allowed here.

After about 10 minutes in the REAL production section, we were taken back into the museum, where we were shown some futuristic models:

 

Side view:

 

The environmental friendly Hydrogen powered cars:

 

When would this be on our roads?

 

Most visitors were fascinated by this one :)

 

Finally we were back at the museum lobby, where we encountered a group of Japanese school children who came to visit the museum too.

While waiting for our bus to come and fetch us, our kids took the opportunity to have a closer look at the cars on display:

 

On our way back we were shown the port and tankers that come to take the cars to be distributed out of the city. There is a dedicated/private bridge built by Mazda for their use only.

The whole are between the Mazda HQ and this museum (and more areas beyond) actually make up a WHOLE Mazda township!!

 

My verdict? Very impressive, indeed :)

 

 

 

 

 

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