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We’ve come a long way in 94 years. With some of the most innovative thinking in the auto industry, what started as a small, independent cork manufacturer in Hiroshima, Japan, now stands as a global leader in the production of commercial and passenger vehicles. Today, Mazda Motor Corporation, still based in Hiroshima, Japan, manufactures a diverse line of passenger and commercial vehicles and is one of the largest employers in western Japan (21,686 employees as of June 25, 2013).
Mazda’s roots trace all the way back to 1920 and the tiny company known as Toyo Cork Kogyo. By 1931, the name had changed to Toyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. and was manufacturing three-wheel trucks for export to China — Mazda’s entry into auto manufacturing. In 1960, the first passenger car rolled off the assembly line, and the Mazda name was destined to find its place on open highways and winding roads around the world.
Today, Mazda’s heritage is reinforced by the efforts of its Global R&D Network, as well as groundbreaking partnerships with other progressive forces in the automotive industry. The recent agreement with Toyota to license their hybrid technology for future vehicles is a perfect example of this.
While the quality and value of Mazda vehicles speak for themselves, a closer look at Mazda as a corporation reveals a global commitment to responsible corporate citizenship. In 1992, Mazda Motor Corporation adopted the “Mazda Global Environmental Charter.” Since that time, Mazda has been dedicated to furthering its commitment to the environment in order to achieve greater harmony among cars, society, and nature. These actions include: zero landfill measure, fuel efficiency improvement, and reduction of emissions. Mazda has also pioneered research into alternative fuel sources like compressed natural gas, hydrogen, and electricity, while eliminating the production of CFCs and the use of asbestos in the manufacture of cars.
At the core of Mazda is a passion for the road. Based on our brand message ‘Zoom-Zoom’, Mazda delivers that passion through ‘Spirited, Stylish, and Insightful’ products to create an emotional connection with our customers. Our vision is to create new value, and excite and delight customers with the best automotive products and services in the industry.