Sunnyvale Mazda Repair and Service
Mazda was founded in 1920 as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd. The name Mazda started with the Mazda-Go in 1931. Mazda officially named itself that in 1984, although all models prior to 1984 bore the name already. Mazda entered the U.S. market in 1970 with the Mazda Rotary Pickup. The rotary engine concept became popular due to its light weight to high power ratio, when compared to conventional piston engines.
The 1973 oil crisis led to a decrease in Mazda sales, because the rotary engine was not as fuel efficient as the piston engines in other vehicles. Mazda had not entirely abandoned piston engines, however, and decided to concentrate on its Familia and Capella series 4 cylinder models. Mazda did not abandon the rotary engine entirely and in 1978 introduced the RX-7 for the more sport oriented market. The RX-7 remains to this day the most recognizable Mazda model followed by the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which was introduced later.
Mazda partnered in 1979 with the Ford Motor company. Mazda’s original seven percent stake increased to 33.9 percent in 1997 during the Asian Financial Crisis. Mazda helped Ford develop the Explorer, which became the most popular utility vehicle for the next decade since introduction in 1991. Mazda’s version however did not succeed.
Mazda became popular again with the introduction of the Mazda Millenia and the Protégé in later years. The Millenia was a Miller cycle engine, which was another first in a production car in the US at the time. Mazda did not gain significant popularity again until the 21st century with the Miata and later the updated RX-7 now called the RX-8. The Mazda slogan “Zoom Zoom” became a household name only in its more recent advertising campaigns. Models such as the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 as well the CX-6 and the CX-9 have completed the lineup to include small cars and SUV’s. The Mazda B-series pickup truck still remains a popular seller.
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