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How Mazda Produces Their Newest Paint: Soul Red Crystal

October 26th, 2017


See The Beautiful New Soul Red Crystal Paint at Borgman Mazda in Grand Rapids

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Borgman Mazda and see a New 2017 Mazda CX-5 adorned with Soul Red Crystal paint, we assure you – it’s stunning. The way light dances on the body lines as well as the mesmerizing depth of the paint creates the illusion of motion – even when the vehicle is at rest.

What makes the Soul Red Crystal paint even more incredible is the story of how it came to be, as well as what Mazda had to do to replicate the effect on their production vehicles. Below is an excerpt from an article on InsideMazda which tells the story in greater detail. Here are some excerpts:

More Than Just A Color: Mazda’s New Soul Red Crystal

From the 1960 R360 Coupe, a microcar Mazda sold in Japan as well as Mazda’s first passenger car, to the 2017 Mazda CX-5, Mazda has had a long history with the color red. Red has deep roots in the Japanese culture, as it denotes strength, passion and is even used to depict the sun in the Japanese national flag. Believing paint color is one of the key elements of form, Mazda was determined to create the world’s most beautiful red when developing the new Soul Red Crystal.


Let’s Do This A Different Way

Creating Soul Red Crystal was a challenging process, and it required Mazda to reinvent the way cars are painted. Like any beautiful object, the way light dances across its surface is part of the beauty. The interplay of light and form inspired Mazda to create a paint with exceptional depth and reflective quality.

Soul-Red-Crystal-crop-1024x475To achieve such a deep, lustrous finish, the cars needed to be painted by hand. While this was possible for Mazda’s concept cars, a new technique was developed in order to achieve the same quality Soul Red Crystal in production models. In a process called, Takuminuri, which translates to English as “artisan coloring,” painting robots were effectively taught to duplicate the techniques of Mazda’s best craftsmen.

Takuminuri is a Mazda-exclusive approach to advanced paint technology, starting with the original Soul Red Metallic paint color in 2012, perfected with Machine Gray in 2016 and further refined into a color that uses the learnings from both.

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Want to See The Beautiful New Color in Person? Visit Borgman Mazda Today!

Soul Red Crystal is something that needs to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. If you’d like to come have a look, we invite you to visit the Borgman Mazda showroom in Grand Rapids and test drive a New 2017 Mazda CX-5 adorned with the new paint.

If you have any questions about the Mazda vehicles we offer, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you, so ask away! Remember that every New Mazda we sell includes Borgman’s Free & Exclusive 20-Year 200,000 Mile Warranty. Come see why we’re the best in the west!


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