Mazda a.k.a Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japanese car maker founded in 1920 and based in Hiroshima
Mazda was founded by Jujiro Matsuda in 1920 and is based in Hiroshima Japan. Mazda started as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co (Toyo Kogyo) which manufactured Machines tools before moving to vehicles in 1931, where it made the firsy Mazda-GO auto rickshaw.
In the late 1960's Mazda was inspired by the NSU RO80 (a car manufactured by the West German firm NSU from 1967 until 1977) which had twin-rotor wankel engine. They wanted to differentiate themselves from the other Japanese motor companies, so started a relationship with NSU and developed the Cosmo Sport.
Between 1975 and 2015, Mazda was in partnership with Ford where the company expanded into Mexico and America. After years of challenges and financial crisis, the company signed a long term contract with Toyota and exchanging Skyactiv Fuel and Diesel Technology for Toyota's hydrogen fuel cells.
Mazda will remain best known for it's Wankel engines and more so, the RX-8 as one of it's fundamental wankel engines that was a superb car to drive (apart from the oil expenditure).
Did you know:
1. Toyo Kogyo (Mazda) produced weapons for the Japanese military throughout World War 2.
2. The name was associated with Ahura Mazda (God of Light), with the hope that it would brighten the image of these compact vehicles.
3.Mazda and Ford had a great relationship. Ford ( who had a 33.4% stake) and Mazda collaborated a great deal in the areas of engineering, design, and development. One of the most popular and best-selling SUVs ever (The Ford Explorer)—was born from the Mazda Navajo.