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History
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Corporate
1920
January Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd. is founded in Hiroshima, Japan. Shinpachi
Kaizuka becomes president.
1921
March Jujiro Matsuda becomes president.
1927 September Company becomes Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.
1929
1931
1932
1935
1945
April Begins manufacturing Toyo machine tools.
ー Starts export of 3-wheeled trucks to Dalian, Mukden, Tsingtao, China.
August Loans part of headquarters' building to Hiroshima prefecture and all
August Restarts 3-wheeled truck exports (India).
1962
1963
March Cumulative production reaches 1 million vehicles.
1979
January Technical cooperation begins with Perkins Services N.V. (U.K.) on
diesel engines.
1981
1983
1984
1967
October Establishes the Mazda Foundation.
1985
1969
April Begins full-scale exports of rotary engine vehicles.
1970
April Exports to the U.S. begin.
1972
February Establishes Mazda Motor of America (MMA).
Commences production of MZR engines.
June Inaugurates its new brand symbol, the Mazda M.
March Opens company day-care center.
April Introduces new brand message ‘Zoom-Zoom.’
operations).
May Enhances corporate governance by taking measures such as the
November James E. Miller is appointed president.
introduction of an executive officer system.
December Establishes Ethics Committee.
1998
June Lewis Booth becomes president.
January Changes corporate symbol.
August Sells auto leasing business to SB Auto Leasing Company.
March Consolidates European business (MME commences operations).
April Establishes Mazda Eunos and Mazda Autozam dealership channels.
September Transfers business in subsidiary Mazda Earth Technologies Co., Ltd.
April Formulates Product Philosophy.
June Tokyo Branch renamed Tokyo Head Office.
to Sandvik Tamrock Japan Co., Ltd.
December Mazda establishes Management Advisory Committee to further
May AAT starts production.
May Completes the European R&D Representative Office (MRE) in
enhance corporate governance.
August Establishes Mazda Motor Logistics Europe N.V. (MLE).
Germany.
January Cumulative production volume at Hofu Plant reaches 5 million units.
Completes Nakasatsunai Proving Ground in Hokkaido.
October North American operations are streamlined (MNAO commences
CA. (U.S.).
1990
September Closes Ujina Plant No.2 (until May 2004).
2002
Henry D.G. Wallace becomes president.
Reaches an OEM agreement for micro-mini vehicles with Suzuki
Motors Co., Ltd.
1989
bumpers.
mark in the ISO 9000 series, first among Japanese automakers.
1997
January Mazda expands use of recycled materials made from end-of-life
February Introduces the ‘build-to-order’ system, a first in Japan.
Eunos dealerships integrated into Mazda Anfini or Mazda dealerships.
June Mazda opens a new research center in Yokohama, Japan.
May Completes the Mazda Research and Development Center in Irvine,
2001
April Anfini dealerships renamed Mazda Anfini.
June Mazda acquires ISO 9001 certification, the highest attainable quality
December Norimasa Furuta becomes president.
October Completes Mazda Training Center in Taibi.
December Cumulative production reaches 5 million units.
(Thailand) Co., Ltd. (AAT). (Actual
operations start in February 1996)
1996
November Announces mid-term plan, "Millennium Plan".
April Cumulative production in Japan reaches 30 million units.
November Establishes AutoAlliance
December Mazda R&D Center in Ann Arbor is completed.
1988
Establishes brand DNA common to all passenger cars.
August AAT-produced pickup trucks reach 100,000 units.
makers.
April Cumulative production of Mazda rotary-engine vehicles reaches 1.5
April Cumulative production reaches 20 million units in Japan.
management certification.
July Introduces a website for the media.
1994 November Mazda acquires the ISO 9002 certificate, first among Japanese auto
million units.
1987
fuel cell vehicles.
Environmental Voluntary Plan)".
1995
April Mazda participates in a government supported joint project to test run
June All Mazda plants in Japan acquire ISO 14001 environmental
March Formulates "Environment-Related Activity Promotion Plan (Mazda
May Cumulative production at AAI in the US reaches 1 million units.
March Establishes Mazda Motor Corporation Beijing Representative Office.
1986
November Kouhei Matsuda becomes president.
1971
1993
January Establishes Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corporation (MMUC),
later called AutoAlliance International (AAI).
April Establishes sales company in Australia.
July Establishes sales company in Canada.
May Company is renamed Mazda Motor Corporation.
December Mark Fields becomes president.
2000
September Starts local production in China.
November Kenichi Yamamoto becomes president.
March Full-scale exports to the European market starts.
1968
April Begins local production in Colombia (establishes CCA).
September Entire Hofu Plant obtains environmental ISO certification.
February Full-scale production starts in Hofu Plant No.2.
April The ‘Mazda Global Environmental Charter’ is adopted.
June Cumulative production at AAI reaches 2 million units.
Mazda reaches an agreement with Mitsubishi to supply small
commercial vehicles to Mitsubishi.
December Yoshihiro Wada becomes president.
1992
December Starts operations at Hofu transmission plant (Nakanoseki area).
Establishes Autorama (begins to supply products from October 1982).
1999
November Establishes Anfini sales channel (formerly Mazda Auto) in Japan.
1982 September Production begins at the Hofu Plant (Nishinoura district).
May Completes Miyoshi Proving Ground.
1966 November Completes new passenger car plant (Ujina) in Hiroshima.
June Cumulative production reaches 10 million units.
June Mazda 787B No.55 wins the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race, claiming
the first victory for a Japanese automobile and the rotary engine.
November Enters into a capital tie-up with Ford Motor Company.
June Begins local assembly in South Africa.
1965
1991
1978 November Cumulative production reaches 1 million units for rotary-engine cars.
July Enters into technical cooperation with NSU/ Wankel on rotary engines.
January Begins local assembly in South Korea.
May Completes Miyoshi diesel engine plant.
January Begins local production in Thailand.
1977 December Yoshiki Yamasaki becomes president.
October Begins production of rock drills and gauge blocks.
1951 December Tsuneji Matsuda becomes president.
1961
1975
October Starts 3-wheeled truck "Mazda-go" production.
functions of the prefecture office are transferred there (until July '46).
1949
1974
September Hofu Nishinoura plant acquires ISO 14001 certification.
December Cumulative production reaches 25 million units.
December AAT commences exports.
Product
1931
October
Starts sales of Mazda's first automobile, the 3-wheeled truck,
Mazda-go.
1950
June
Introduces first small 4-wheeled truck, Mazda CA.
1958
April
Introduces small 4-wheeled truck "Romper" (later known as D-series
(Mazda Kraft), E-series (Titan)).
1960
May
1961
February
1962
February
1963
August
Introduces Mazda R360 Coupe, first 2-door passenger car for the
company.
1970
May Introduces Mazda Capella (RX-2).
1972
1975
June Introduces micro-mini, Shante.
1978
Introduces Mazda B-series 1500 compact pickup (later renamed Proceed).
1980
December 4th Generation Capella (Telstar) wins Japan Car of the Year award.
June Introduces Mazda Bongo Brawny van and wagon series (E-series).
1964
October
Introduces Familia Sedan.
1986
1965
May
Introduces Light bus (later known as Parkway).
1987
January Introduces Mazda Etude.
1966
May
Introduces Mazda Bongo.
1988
October Introduces Persona.
Introduces Mazda Luce.
1989
1969
April
October
1992
1998
Introduces "Carol" (Suzuki OEM) (4th generation).
1999
Introduces Mazda Premacy.
2000
May Introduces Autozam Clef.
October Introduces Titan Dash.
Introduces 4-wheeled light truck, Porter Cab.
November Introduces Tribute.
January Electric-powered vehicles based on the Mazda MX-5 are developed.
April Develops Miller-cycle engine.
2001
October Introduces Eunos 800 (Xedos9).
1994
February Mazda develops a compressed natural gas-powered truck (Titan
base).
September Introduces Mazda AZ-Wagon (Suzuki OEM).
Introduces Mazda Familia Van (Nissan OEM).
February Develops a new fuel-cell electric vehicle, Premacy FC-EV. First test
run on public roads in Japan.
September Introduces Mazda Lantis (323F).
Introduces mid-size truck, Boxer.
July Mazda Roadster is recognized as the world's top selling lightweight
open-top two-seater sports car model by the Guinness World Records
(565,779 production units).
November Develops a passenger car with a natural gas engine.
November Introduces Eunos 100 and Eunos 300.
March Introduces Mazda Laputa (Suzuki OEM).
April Develops aldehyde remover, "Life Breath".
October Introduces Autozam AZ-1.
1993
May Introduces Mazda Bongo EV, electric vehicle.
October Introduces "AZ-Offroad" (Suzuki OEM).
January Introduces MX-6.
March Introduces Anfini MS-8.
June Introduces Mazda Scrum (Suzuki OEM).
September Introduces Eunos Roadster (MX-5).
October Mazda Demio receives "RJC New Car of the Year" award.
February Introduces Eunos 500 (Xedos 6).
February Introduces Festiva.
August Introduces Mazda Demio.
1997 December Mazda develops the Mazda Demio FCEV, fuel-cell electric vehicle.
Introduces Mazda Cronos.
November Introduces Anfini MS-6 and Anfini MS-9.
February Introduces Mazda Proceed Levante.
June Introduces Mazda Bongo Friendee.
1996
Motor Show.
Year."
1983
Introduces Mazda Cosmo Sport (110S), first rotary engine vehicle for
the company.
October HR-X hydrogen rotary engine concept car is shown at the Tokyo
December 5th generation Mazda Familia (GLC/323) wins "Japan Car of the
1982
1995
May Introduces Mazda Sentia (929).
June Introduces Eunos Presso and Autozam AZ-3.
March Introduces Mazda Savanna RX-7 (RX-7).
Introduces Familia 800 Van.
May
1991
March Introduces Road Pacer.
October
1967
September Introduces Autozam Revue (121).
October Introduces Mazda Cosmo.
Introduces 4-wheeled light truck B360 (later known as Porter).
January Introduces Mazda MPV.
April Introduces Eunos Cosmo.
Introduces Mazda Savanna (RX-3).
Introduces Mazda Carol 600, first 4-door passenger car for the
company.
August
1990
1971 September Introduces the Grand Famila.
December Develops high-strength plastic technology for new module carriers.
2002
February Introduces Mazda Spiano (Suzuki OEM).
May Introduces Mazda Atenza (Mazda6).
July Minimizes environmental impact with semi-dry machining process.
Develops world's first environmentally friendly painting technology.
November Mazda Atenza wins "RJC New Car of the Year" award.
December Begins public road trials of Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV).
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History
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_ 2012
Corporate
2003
January Begins production of RENESIS rotary engine.
2006
September Transfers all shares in Mazda Car Rental Corporation.
Celebrating Mazda's 85th anniversary, the newly-renovated Mazda
Museum opens.
Global Environmental Charter
Environmental Committee strengthened.
revised
and
2010
August Establishes sales company, Mazda South East Asia, Ltd., in
plant in Mexico.
September Joins Hiroshima Moritsukuri Forum. Begins forest conservation
activities in the loacl communigy through Mazda no Mori (Mazda
Forest).
October Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Nanjing Plant commences
Thailand.
November Reached agreement with Toyota to produce Toyota vehicles at new
"Science Waku-Waku project" wins the 2010 Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology award.
Mazda Enhances Green Distribution System Between Hiroshima
and the Tokai District.
Ltd. founded.
Mazda and Malaysia’s Bermaz establish joint venture company
Mazda Malaysia.
March Agrees to hybrid system technology license with Toyota Motor
Corporation.
Achieves mixed production of V6 and in-line four-cylinder engines.
June Mazda Motor (Shanghai) Business Management & Consulting Co.,
production company in Russia.
April A joint program by Mazda Foundation and Hiroshima University,
AAT celebrates 1 million units of production.
Mazda
engines to 800,000 units per annum.
September Mazda and Sollers establish Mazda Sollers, a joint venture
July Inaugurates new passenger car plant at AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT).
July Marks 40 million units of cumulative vehicle production in Japan.
Operation of Ujina Plant No.1 paint line recommences.
March Opens training centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Sales Co. Ltd (FMSC).
Automobile Co., Ltd. (Nanjing).
Celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Rotary Engine vehicle.
July Increases production capacity of SKYACTIV-G and SKYACTIV-D
April Increases capital investment from 25% to 40% in FAW Mazda Motor
May Receives certification of the Japanese Government's Kurumin mark.
with the Hiroshima University Graduate School Engineering
Research Dept.
of new open-top two-seater sports car.
names the stadium "Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima."
2009
January Completes new wing of the Mazda Hospital (in-patient ward).
May Begins discussions with Fiat regarding development and production
December Obtains naming rights for the new Hiroshima baseball stadium and
April Starts engine mass production at the Changan Ford Mazda
April Commences an advanced automobile technology research project
2012
November Takashi Yamanouchi becomes president.
March Announces new "Mazda Advancement Plan" mid-term business
Sets long-term vision for technology development: "Sustainable
Zoom-Zoom."
February Hydrogen fueling station opens.
May Mazda
October Mazda Museum welcomes 1 millionth visitor.
plan.
December Ujina Plant No.1 fire.
Local assembly of Mazda2 begins at Vina Mazda’s new plant in
Vietnam.
September Commences vehicle transport on the Trans-Siberian Railroad.
October Renews Mazda official websites.
2007
mark start of construction of the new plant in Mexico.
July Establishes Mazda Parts Co., Ltd. in Japan.
marks 3 millionth vehicle produced at AutoAlliance
International.
May Commences operations at retooled Ujina Plant No.2.
Implements outside director system.
October Mazda and Sumitomo Corporation hold groundbreaking ceremony to
Announces plan to improve vehicle fuel economy 30% by 2015.
September Mazda6
production system.
in Brazil with Sumitomo.
identity.
July The car-carrying vessel, Cougar Ace, becomes stricken at sea.
expands cross-channel offerings of registered vehicles.
April Ends production at the Hiroshima plant's F Plant to strengthen its
agreement.
June Establishes vehicle production facility in Mexico and sales company
June Launches new Global Visual Identity to express the company's brand
May Holds opening ceremony for Mine Proving Ground.
January Nissan and Mazda agree on new OEM contract with Nissan.
February Mazda and Hiroshima University sign comprehensive cooperation
among Japanese distributors.
million units.
February Starts sales of micro-mini vehicles in all dealership networks and
2011
Forms strategic alliance in auto financing business in Japan.
April Launches the environment management system 'Eco-action 21'
April Mazda Autozam sales channel in Japan cumulative sales reach 1
August Hisakazu Imaki becomes president.
February Receives Japan's first Human Rights Merit Award.
March
plant in Chongqing.
July Mazda and Isuzu agree on OEM supply of Isuzu small truck.
2005
2008
February Starts production of Mazda3 at Changan Ford Mazda Automobile
Starts production of the Mazda2 in Europe at the Ford Valencia plant
(ends June 2007).
2004
January Mazda and Mitsubishi Corporation establish new energy supply
company for Japan operations.
Starts production of Mazda6 at FAW Car Company in China.
production of the new Mazda2.
Opens China Engineering Support Center.
Product
2003
February Mazda introduces a world first aluminum joining technology using
2006
friction heat.
(RX-8 Hydrogen RE).
April Mazda develops an impact-absorbing hood.
parts with Hiroshima area partners.
November Mazda MPV 2.3L DISI turbo engine vehicle wins the Chairperson's
where the particulate matter is reduced by over 75% compared to
the current model.
Award of the Eco-Products Awards Steering Committee.
December Introduces Mazda CX-7 to the Japanese market.
June Mazda's RENESIS engine wins "International Engine of the Year"
2007
September Mazda develops a new paint stripping technology for recycling
for vehicle interior.
October Develops world-first catalyst material structure for autos using
October Introduces Mazda Axela (Mazda3).
November 3rd generation Mazda Demio wins "RJC Car of the Year" award.
Mazda RX-8 wins "RJC Car of the Year" award.
Participates in Norwegian National Project, HyNor, by providing
hydrogen cars to Norway from summer 2008.
December Mazda6 named Car of the Year in China.
2004
May Mazda's RENESIS wins 2.5-3.0 liter category of International Engine
of the Year for second year running.
June Introduces Mazda Verisa
October Starts public road testing of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle.
November Mazda's Three Layer Wet Paint technologies wins the Minister of
Environment Award for prevention of global warming.
2005
March Bumper-to-bumper recycling technology is introduced to produce
new bumpers for the RX-8.
April Mazda resumes Ujina Plant No.1 paint shop operations with the new
state-of-the-art Three Layer Wet Paint system installed.
June Develops world's first steel-to-aluminum friction spot welding
technology.
July Mazda adopts a more eco-friendly painting process, further reducing
the environmental burden during the painting process.
November 3rd generation Mazda Roadster wins "Japan Car of the Year".
2008
January Mazda CX-9 wins North American Truck of the Year award.
Conducts ITS test on public roads as part of a Hiroshima prefecture
industry-academic-government group.
March 3rd generation Mazda2 wins World Car of the Year award.
Starts public test driving of the Advanced Safety Vehicle, "ASV".
industry-academia-government
non-food-based bioplastics by 2013.
March Develops
world-first automated
end-of-life vehicle bumpers.
recycling
technology
collaboration
to
realize
February Builds 900,000th Roadster/MX-5, applies to Guinness World
Records to update record for best-selling two-seat sports car.
May Mazda3/Axela global production reaches 3 million units.
for
June Launches Demio with highly-efficient direct-injection SKYACTIV-G
1.3 gasoline engine.
Becomes first Japanese automaker to develop a urea SCR
system for cars.
September Launches second SKYACTIV model in Japan, Axela (Mazda3).
November Launches final special edition of the RX-8; Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R.
New engine SKYACTIV-G 1.3 wins RJC Technology of the Year
Award.
June Succeeds in developing world's lowest environmental impact
water-based paint system, "Aqua-tech", and launches it in Ujina
Plant No.1.
Develops brake energy regeneration system for a passenger car
that uses a capacitor.
2012
February Launches Mazda CX-5, a new crossover SUV which adopts the
Mazda Axela and Mazda Biante with i-stop win Eco-Products
Award in Japan.
full range of SKYACTIV technologies and advanced safety
technology, Smart City Brake Support.
Provides Demios as the base architecture for the electric vehicle
test project, "Tsukuba Environmental Style Test Project".
June Launches Mazda Flairwagon micro-mini, an OEM vehicle from
2010 September Announces new design theme "KODO - Soul of Motion".
Mazda6/Atenza global production reaches 2 million units.
October Announces next-generation SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.
Realizes Japan first rear vehicle monitoring system.
June Starts
2011
November Mazda i-stop wins RJC Technology of the Year award.
single-nanotechnology.
November RENESIS rotary engine named "RJC Technology of the Year".
January Cuts precious metal usage 70% with new single-nanocatalyst.
Begins commercial leasing of world's first hybrid rotary hydrogen
vehicle, Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid.
June Participates in ITS public road trials in Hiroshima.
September Develops world's first biofabric made with 100% plant-derived fiber
bumpers which removes 99.9% of paint to produce high quality
material for new bumpers.
2009
February Participates in 'ITS-Safety 2010' combined road trials.
May Mazda develops high-strength heat-resistant bioplastic for interior
May Develops an emissions reduction technology for diesel engines
award.
February Begins commercial leasing of world's first rotary hydrogen vehicle
Suzuki.
October Begins leasing the Demio EV (electric vehicle).
November The Mazda CX-5 with SKYACTIV-D 2.2 wins Car Technology of
the Year award from Japan Automotive Hall of Fame.
Launch of 3rd generation Atenza (Mazda6) featuring advanced
safety technology, i-ACTIVSENSE.
Mazda CX-5 wins "Japan Car of the Year".
Gains government approval to begin public road tests in Japan for the
Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid.
July Introduces new Mazda Biante
September Develops a unique idling stop system using direct injection engine
technology.
Develops clean diesel engine with improved output and environmental
performance.
Develops plastic molding technology which reduces consumption of
plastic resins by 30%.
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