We've come a long way in 92 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 (21,747 employees as of March 31, 2011).
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.
In the 43 years since Mazda arrived in Canada, our reputation for building uncompromising quality and outstanding value into every vehicle has steadily grown, thanks largely to Kansei Engineering — a unique philosophy that takes into account human thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and factors them into the design process. How else would you explain the enduring popularity of distinctive Mazda designs like the MX-5 Miata, Mazda3, and the rotary-powered RX-8?
Mazda proudly exports products to 151 countries around the globe, and cumulative domestic production for worldwide sales has surpassed 40 million units. Exports to the U.S. date back to 1970, and Mazda has over a quarter century of history exporting to Europe. Mazda carries the unique distinction as the only automaker featuring three types of engines: conventional gasoline, diesel, and rotary.
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.