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Mazda Motor Corporation

Mazda Motor Corporation, commonly referred to just as Mazda, is a Japanese automaker based in the Aki District of Japan. It is said that Mazda’s name is derived from Ahura Mazda, the Persian god of light, intelligence, and wisdom, as well as the name of the company’s founder, Jujiro Matsuda. Mazda began as a machine tools & weapons manufacturer for the Japanese military in Hiroshima, during the Second World War but in 1931 Mazda moved on to automobile production. The company only formally adopted the Mazda name in 1984, even though every automobile sold from the beginning bore that name.

During the 1960s, Mazda put a major engineering effort into development of the Wankel rotary engine as a way of differentiating itself from other Japanese auto companies. The rotary models quickly became popular worldwide for their combination of good power and light weight when compared to piston-engined competitors. Since this time, Mazda has become the sole manufacturer of Wankel-type engines for the automotive market.

From 1979 to 2010, Mazda had a partnership with the Ford Motor Company, who at a stage owned 33.3% of Mazda. Ford gradually divested its stake in Mazda from 2008 to 2010, with Ford currently holding only 2.1% of Mazda stock in 2014. In 2011, Mazda was the fifteenth biggest automaker by production worldwide.


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