Mazda began life as a cork producer back in January 30, 1920. Founded by Jujiro Matsuda, Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd. was considered back then as Japan’s most reliable cork producer, but it was not until 1930 that Matsuda ventured into vehicle production. Their first ever vehicle was called the Mazda-Go, which was a motorized three-wheeled rickshaw that had an air-cooled single-cylinder engine and a truck-style flatbe.
Years after the 2nd World War, the company began eyeing on the development of the famed Wankel Rotary Engine, which gave birth to icons such as the RX-7 and RX-8. Mazda’s rotary power also earned the company a win at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour Race with the 787B in 1991.
Aside from the RXs, Mazda is also made famous by its two-seat lightweight rear-wheel-drive roadster called the MX-5. Otherwise known as the Miata, the model now spans four generations, the latest of which came out in 2014, and covers 25 years of fun spirited driving.
Today, Mazda’s highlight is its SkyActiv Technology, which is all about environmental conservation and improved fuel economy without sacrificing engine performance and driving pleasure. SkyActiv has produced a new generation of gasoline and diesel engines, more efficient transmissions, lighter chassis, and a modern body design language they call “Kodo.” These extensive technical breakthroughs all contribute to Mazda’s pursuit of 21st century automotive excellence.
Currently, SkyActiv technology is available in the latest Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, and Mazda CX-5.
Here in the Philippines, Berjaya Auto Philippines (BAP) is the importer and distributor of Mazda’s vehicles . Headed by President and CEO Mr. Steven Tan, Mazda Philippines now holds a strong footing in the local automotive scene, establishing itself as a very competent Japanese automaker, specializing in the compact car, sedan, and SUV market.