On January 30th, 1920 in Hiroshima, Japan, Jujiro Matsuda founded Mazda. Mazda was originally a cork production business, and then only 10 years later produced its first car, and became the automobile company we know and love. Exactly 100 years later, today, in its headquarters in Hiroshima, they celebrated and cherished 100 years of Mazda. Over 500 staff and Mazda associates attended the ceremony held, as they honored the work they have done so far, and looked forward to the future. Akira Marumoto; director, CEO and president of Mazda addressed the public and all who have supported Mazda's journey of success with a sentimental message;
"It has been a long journey, and we have arrived at this milestone through the support of many people and through carrying on the challenger spirit of those who came before us. As we look ahead to the next 100 years, we will continue to put people first and cherish "our unique co-creation 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 reigns as one of Japan's top automakers and has had much success on their 100 year journey. They created the first rotary engine in their infamous Cosmo Sport 110S in 1967, constructed the legendary world best selling two seat roadster, which since its release in 1989, has sold over 1 million times; the Mazda MX-5 and came out victorious at the 24 hour Le Mans Race in 1991. Most recently they released the MX-30, their first battery electric vehicle.
The success of Mazda speaks for itself, their legendary old vintage cars and newer models have held up their reputation of being affordable, high quality, stylish vehicles, that have been gracing American and European soil for over the last 30 years.
Here’s to another great 100 years; happy birthday Mazda!