The first Mazda car was presented in 1931. Three years later, the company had to prepare to respond to a growing demand they never expected. The origins of Toyo Cork Kogyo Company Ltd, founded in Hiroshima in 1920, were related to the production of cork. As with many of the car companies, the world wars accelerated a process that would finally end up in the expansion of the car. At that time, after the destruction of the cities, the car was a necessary tool and so many companies decided to start this business. This was the case of Mazda, named after the Persian god of light.
During the ‘60s, Mazda started to export to Europe and later to the USA. In order to seduce the western audiences, the brand made an effort to incorporate some features they knew would be highly appreciated, such as sports cars, coupes, etc. This expansion helped Mazda become an international brand.
At present, Mazda prides itself for being the world leader in rotary engines and for having a “challenger spirit” that led them since the very beginning of the company. The list of global products Mazda offers is really impressive. The decision of naming the cars with numbers must probably obey to the fact that they are countless!