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Rifle-Makers Then, Brilliant Automakers Now

Jan 2, 2008
Mazda is an automobile name that originated from Jujiro Matsuda's company that was founded in 1920 in the historic City of Hiroshima in Japan. Although many believed that 'Mazda' is basically an Anglicized pronunciation of the founder's name 'Matsuda', the name is officially associated with Ahura Mazda, a god worshipped by early civilizations in West Asia.

In Mazda's company website, Ahura Mazda is interpreted to be the god of wisdom, intelligence and harmony and a symbol of 'automobile culture'. The desire for World Peace and the development of the automobile manufacturing industry is upheld to be the company's vision.

Mazda descended from the original company Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd. that was renamed Toyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. in 1927. This company originally manufactured machine tools and gradually moved to automobiles by the introduction of Mazda Go in 1931.

During the Second World War, Toyo Kogyo produced Type 99 rifles, particularly the series starting from 30 to 35 which was heavily used by the Japanese Imperial Army. But the defeat of the Japanese in the Second World War failed to bring down the company, and instead, it was soaring high a decade later. Mazda R360 went out in 1960, and in 1962, the notable Mazda Carol followed.

It was only in 1984 that the company officially adopted the Mazda name, although all cars sold since the company began production and selling were named 'Mazda'. Ford Motor Company owned only 15% of stakes in Mazda before it increased its controlling interest to 33.4% on March 31, 1999 when the Asian Financial Crisis plagued Southeast Asia.

Many of Ford's models were based from Mazda, such as the Mark Fields, Probe, Escort and the Mercury Tracer. The Escape is co-developed by Ford and Mazda, which the later named as the Tribute. Mazda helped Ford develop the Explorer in 1991; the same model was sold as the Navajo by Mazda. Although Mazda was not successful with the Navajo, the Explorer was a best selling SUV under the Ford badge - the success of which is kept for more than a decade.

In 1979, Ford was successful with the Laser and the Telstar, two of the best-selling Mazda-based cars. In return, Mazda used the Ford Ranger's pickup as the basis of its North American B-series trucks since 1994. Later, ford replaced Laser with its own Focus, and Telstar with the Mondeo. In Europe, the Mazda 121 which is based on the Ford Fiesta gained high selling performance. Platform sharing proved to be mutually beneficial to the partnership between the two automakers.

Hizakasu Imaki, Mazda's current President attributed his company's commitment to technological advancement, citing their achievement in continuous development of the rotary engine. He also reiterated Mazda's investment in green technology with the upcoming hydrogen-fueled models.

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