Mazda 101: Get to Know Your Favorite Brand
You probably don’t recognize the name Jujiro Matsuda.
On January 30, 1920, he founded Toyo Cork Kogyo – a business that made cork – in Hiroshima, Japan.
Still not ringing a bell?
Try this: about a decade later, Toyo Cork Kogyo made its first automobile, soon changing their name to Mazda.
Now we’re talkin’.
Let’s take a look at how Mazda became one of the leading auto manufacturers.
The Mazda-Go made its debut in 1931.
It was a three-wheeled vehicle that looked like a motorcycle with a cargo-carrier on the back.
World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima stalled Mazda’s development plans for a time, but by the 1950s, they were back in action, making small, four-wheeled trucks.
Their first car was the R360 Coupe, which came out in 1960.
Coming to America
Mazda burst onto the American scene in 1970 with the R100 Coupe, which was the first mass-produced rotary-powered car in the United States.
Their first peak-performance sports car – the Mazda RX-7 – was unveiled in 1978.
1989 is a year that Mazda enthusiasts are probably familiar with.
It’s the year the first MX-5 Miata was introduced.
The concept for this affordable, lightweight car was based on the idea of Jinba Ittai handling – “rider and horse as one.”
It was a raging success and was even named the best-selling two-seat convertible in history by the 2000 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mazda continues to be a favorite and was given the “Best Car Brand” award by U.S. News & World Report in February 2018.
The Mazda3, Mazda6, and Mazda MX-5 Miata helped cement Mazda’s third year in a row receiving this honor.
Are you ready to take a Mazda for a spin?
Come see the folks at Serra Mazda for help!