The company traces its roots back to 1920 when it was founded in Hiroshima as Toyo Cork. It wasn’t until 1931 that it started producing its first vehicle, a 3-wheel truck aimed at the Chinese market.
The company’s first passenger car didn’t arrive until 1960 with the introduction of the R360 coupe, a 4-door car, the Carol 600, followed in 1962.
After entering into a technical co-operation deal with NSU, Mazda released its first rotary-engined car, the (110S) Cosmo Sports in 1967. It later followed that up with the RX-7 coupe and RX-8 4-door “coupe”.
In 1989, Mazda single-handedly revived the affordable 2-seat roadster segment with the original (NA) Roadster/Miata/MX-5.
What does the name Mazda mean?
In Japanese, the company that's known to us as Mazda is called Matsuda after its founder, Jujiro Matsuda. The company's western name, Mazda, is said to be a reference to principal spirit of worship in Zoroastrianism. In Old Persian, ahura means light, while mazda translates to wisdom.
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