Mazda Marks its 100th Anniversary

Mazda Marks its 100th Anniversary

Mazda Motor Corporation celebrated its 100th anniversary of its founding on January 30, 2020.

 

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Centenary official comment by Akira Marumoto, Representative Director, President and CEO: “Mazda originated as a company producing cork and then took the path to manufacturing automobiles. Now, our cars have found friends with many customers from over 130 countries and regions. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the customers, dealers, suppliers, business partners and the local community, who have supported us over the years through good and bad times, to whom we owe our 100 years of existence. As we look ahead to the next 100 years, we will continue to put people first and cherish our ‘uniqueness of co-creating with others.’ As we strengthen co-creation and cooperation with all those connected with the company, we will continue to challenge ourselves to create unique products, technologies, and experiences that our customers love.”

Mazda plans to express our gratitude throughout the year taking part in Geneva International Motor Show in March, with centenary anniversary themed exhibits and during Mazda Open Day 2020, an open house event at Mazda’s headquarter from May 22 through 24, 2020.

 

A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its foundation took place today at an auditorium in the company’s headquarters in Hiroshima to express appreciation to all stakeholders who supported the company and reaffirmed resolution for the next one hundred years of future. Approximately 500 people including executives, employees and representatives of workers’ union and affiliated companies attended the ceremony

 

Mazda’s history
Year History
1920 Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd. is founded
Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd. is founded
1921 Jujiro Matsuda becomes president
1927 Company becomes Toyo Kogyo
Co., Ltd.
1931 Starts production of Mazda’s first automobile,
the 3-wheeled truck, Mazda-go
Starts production of Mazda's first automobile,the 3-wheeled truck, Mazda-go
1960 Announces R360 Coupe, Mazda’s first four-wheel passenger vehicle
Announces R360 Coupe, Mazda's first four-wheel passenger vehicle
1964 Starts selling Mazda 800 sedan (known as Familia in Japan), a small passenger car
1965 Completes Miyoshi Proving Ground
1966 Completes a new plant Ujina Plant No.1 in Hiroshima
1967 Introduces 110S (known as Mazda Cosmo Sport in Japan), with rotary engine vehicle
Introduces 110S (known as Mazda Cosmo Sport in Japan), with rotary engine vehicle
1971 Mazda’s biggest distributor in the USA,
Mazda Motor of America is established
1975 Introduction of CI system begins and
corporate symbol is introduced
1978 Starts selling RX-7 (known as Savanna RX-7
in Japan)
Starts selling RX-7 (known as Savanna RX-7 in Japan)
1979 Enters into a capital tie-up with Ford Motor Company (with shareholding ratio of 25% )
1980 5th generation Mazda Familia
(known as Mazda GLC/323 outside Japan) wins Japan Car of the Year
5th generation Mazda Familia (known as Mazda GLC/323 outside Japan) wins Japan Car of the Year
1982 Production begins at the Hofu Plant (Nishinoura district)
1984 Company is renamed to Mazda Motor Corporation
1987 Production of Mazda MX-6 begins at Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corporation (MMUC)
1988 Establishes European distributor, Mazda Motor Europe (MME)
1989 Introduces MX-5
(known as Eunos Roadster in Japan)
Introduces MX-5 (known as Eunos Roadster in Japan)
1991 Mazda 787B wins the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race, claiming the first victory for a Japanese automobile
Mazda 787B wins the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race, claiming the first victory for a Japanese automobile
1996 Ford’s ratio of Mazda’s shareholding increases from 25% to 33.4%
1998 Starts mass production of small pickup truck at AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT)
2002 Starts selling Mazda6 (known as Atenza in Japan) that embodies Mazda’s new brand message, Zoom-Zoom
Starts selling Mazda6 (known as Atenza in Japan) that embodies Mazda's new brand message, Zoom-Zoom
2005 Establishes Mazda’s China operations management office, Mazda Motor (Shanghai) Business Management & Consulting Co., Ltd.
2008 3rd generation Mazda2 wins World Car of the Year award
2012 Launches Mazda CX-5, a new crossover SUV which adopts the full range of Skyactiv technologies and Kodo-Soul of Motion design theme
Launches Mazda CX-5, a new crossover SUV which adopts the full range of Skyactiv technologies and Kodo-Soul of Motion design theme
2014 Production of Mazda3 (known as Axela in Japan) begins at MMVO, a plant in Mexico
2016 4th generation Mazda MX-5 (Mazda Roadster in Japan) wins World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year
2017 Toyota and Mazda sign an agreement to enter a business and capital alliance
2019 Starts selling Mazda3
Starts selling Mazda3
2020 Marks 100th anniversary of company’s foundation

MAZDA 100th ANNIVERSARY website Take a journey through our 100 years of history, complemented by the launch of Mazda Virtual Museum. We also look forward to you sharing your own experiences with us via the entry form on the “with MAZDA STORIES” section of the website. URL: https://www2.mazda.com/en/100th/

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