Mazda was founded in 1920 by Jujiro Matsuda in Japan and is now the 15th biggest vehicle manufacturer in the World. Producing over 1 millions vehicles worldwide, with the majority of these produced in Japanese plants.
The Mazda name is derived from Ahura Mazda which means, a god of wisdom, intelligence and harmony. Mazda began in Hiroshima in Japan in 1920, its original name was Toyo Cork Kogno and was renamed in 1927 to Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd, the company had to be saved by Hiroshima Saving Bank and other business leaders in the late 1920’s, from bankruptcy. The company adopted the Mazda name in 1984.
Mazda is also famous for producing a wide range of Rotary Engines (Wankel Rotary Engine), which Mazda proclaimed were light weight and powerful compared to their piston engined competitors, which to produce the same sort of power would have had to have been V6 or V8.
After the 1973 Oil Crisis, American Buyers, in particular, turned away from the Rotary Engines, as these were more fuel thirsty than conventional engines. Mazda therefore refocused there Rotary Engines to appeal to Sporting Motorists, starting with the light weight RX-7 in 1978 and then the RX-8 later on, which proved extremely popular.
Mazda today have a wide range of vehicles available including its world famous MX-5 Roadster, which has hardly changed over the years.
For more information on the Mazda Range, please visit their website: Mazda Car Range