Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japanese car manufacturer, with the headquarters in Hiroshima. The company’s name derives from the name of the Zoroastrian god of light and wisdom, Ahura Mazda. The company also notes that the title is also connected with the name of the brand creator, Jujiro Matsuda. more
Mazda logo is a modified “M” letter with its arms raised like wings. It represents the company’s aspiration to continuous growth and improvement.
In 1920, Jujiro Matsuda founded Toyo Cork Kogyo company, which produced machine building equipment. It also created several motorcycle models, but they weren’t very successful until one of them won the race. In 1930s, the company started to produce tricycles. In 1932, it changed its name to Mazda. In 1960, the brand’s first car, Mazda R360 was introduced.
In 1967, 25% of Mazda shares were bought by Ford Motor and in 1983, Mazda Bongo, a joint creation of two companies, was released. Later, the brands had more joint ventures and exchanged technologies. In 1984, the brand’s name changed to Mazda Motor Corporation. In 2010, Ford reduced its shares to 3%, but the both companies remain strategic partners.
Mazda seeks for the ways of using some materials alternatively. For example, in 2008, it introduced bioplastic internal consoles and bio-fabric seats in Mazda5, the 30 % of internal parts of which were made from non-biomaterial components. The brand also works at hybrid cars.
Mazda cars take part in various racing competitions. It debuted in 1968 at the 84 hour Marathon de la Route and in 1973, it got its first victory at IMSA RS race at Lime Rock Park. Moreover, is the only Japanese car manufacturer, which managed to win 24 Hours of Le Mans.