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Mazda History

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    Mazda History Timeline

    There are extensive milestones in the Mazda history timeline. With its rich and fruitful legacy beginning in 1967, Mazda has established a creative and breakthrough approach to vehicles we’ve loved over the brand’s existence.

1967 110S Cosmo Sport

1960s

  • Mazda debuted in 1967 with the 110S Cosmo Sport.
  • In 1968, sales began in Canada for the iconic R100 Coupe.

1970s

  • The Mazda RX-2 came out in 1971 with the RX-3 following up in 1972 and the RX-4 releasing in 1974.
  • Mazda established the famous “Great Little Car,” or GLC, in 1977.
  • Remember the B2000 compact pickup truck? It was released in 1978.
  • In 1979, Ford purchased 24.5% of the Mazda Motor Corporation.
1971 RX-2

 

RX-7

1980s

  • In 1982, Mazda reached successful achievement of selling their one-millionth passenger car in the United States.
  • In 1982, the 626 in front-wheel drive debuted.
  • The following year, 1983, Mazda North America (which was created in 1981 with MTC and TKUS), forms a Detroit office dedicated to research and EPA emission testing.
  • In 1984, Mazda announced an exciting plan to create an assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, which opened in 1985.
  • In 1986, Mazda sent the RX-7 to Bonneville National Speed Trials when it hit a record for its class at 238.442 miles per hour.
  • In 1989, Mazda announced the arrival of the Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars, which we would see in 1990.

1990s

  • In 1990, the new Mazda MX-5 Miata won the “Automobile of the Year” award from Automobile Magazine, and it was placed on the “All-Star” list.
  • In 1991, the Mazda MX-5 Miata earned a Car and Driver “10Best” award.
  • In 1994, Mazda introduced the Miller-cycle engine for a high output option. 1994 was also an exciting time as it was the sixth year in a row for record passenger car sales in the U.S.
  • 1995 was the year the Millenia S with the Miller-cycle engine stood out as one of the “Best Engines” by Wards Auto World.
  • In 1998, Mazda brought forth the MY1998.5 Mazda B-Series Cab Plus 4, making it the premier 4-door import brand truck.
  • In 1999, the Mazda MX-5 Miata turned 10 and received a special anniversary model.
MX-5 Miata

 

Mazda RX-8

2000s

  • The Mazda Tribute was released in 2001 with a matching model year.
  • In 2001, Mazda Motor Corporation celebrated 70 grand years of automotive making.
  • The Mazda MP3 came out in 2001 as a compact sport car as well.
  • In 2002, the Mazda Tribute wins awards from Automobile Magazine for “Best Small Sport Utility Vehicle” and Edmunds.com Editor’s Choice “Small SUV of the Year.”
  • 2003 was memorable for the 2004 model year Mazda RX-8 sports car with a rotary engine—the only vehicle with this feature at the time.
  • In 2004, Edmunds.com awards the Mazda3 as the “Most Wanted Sedan Under $15,000.” The Mazda6 also receives a consecutive award from Money Magazine as “Best Family Sedan.”
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