Mazda History

Mazda’s history as an automotive manufacturer began back in 1931, although its first motor vehicle – a 3-wheeler truck – rolled off the production line in 1929. As Mazda progressed through the years, its Zoom-Zoom quest to defy convention has been the guiding light. From the development and production of the R360 in 1960 and the rotary engine through to the legendary Mazda MX-5 the company has always made it a point to think beyond the norm. Now, its solid commitment is to making Mazda cars the most fuel-efficient in the world. Mazda’s SKYACTIV engines and technologies give customers extraordinary levels of performance and outstanding economy. Mazda will continue to defy convention in everything it does in order to achieve the best possible results.

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HISTORY IN PICTURES

The Beginnings

Where did the name Mazda come from? There are two stories about its origin: First, the name refers to Ahura Mazda, the highest Zoroastrian God. It stands for wisdom and knowledge and united man…

1920/1960

In 1929, Mazda started the production of machine tools. Two years later, in 1931, it produced the first three-wheeled truck, the Mazda-Go. It was the beginning of mobility for Mazda. From that time of joy…

60s, 70s & 80s

By 1960, the first two-door coupe, the Mazda R360, hit the market. By 1962, it was followed by the Mazda Carol, the first four-door car from the house of Mazda. By the following year, the fun that Mazda…

The Mazda MX-5

At the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda presented the 1989 Mazda MX-5 – a classic two seater roadster with a front engine and rear wheel drive. An instant sensation hailed by media and motorists as the rebirth of the classic…

Mazda Racing

Since the late 60s we were involved in racing in endurance racing. Both Cosmo and the R100 coupe and the Mazda RX-7 went there at the start and proved emphatically the reliability of the rotary engine…

90s Until Today

Even in the 90s, the classic Mazda remained on track. So we had 1996 twice reason to celebrate: 5 million sold Mazda 626 Mazda 323 and 10 million sold In 1997, our movement then got a more modern face…