Fifty Years of Mazda History: Revolutionary Technology

July 26th, 2017 by

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It’s been fifty years since a small Japanese automaker burst onto the scene with technology that everyone said could never happen. Mazda Motor Corporation, then called Toyo Kogyo Corporation, knew their new technology would be revolutionary. It had to be.

Fifty YearsToyo Kogyo Corporation

The Toyo Kogyo Corporation, a small precision tool company, needed a new technology that would reinvent not only the company, but automotive technology as a whole. That’s when they licensed German rotary engine technology. Their aim was to share information with the German automakers and prove to the world that a rotary engine technology could be successful. That is when Mazda Motor Corporation was born. The automotive industry was in for a surprise.

Fifty YearsRough Start

It was a rough start for Mazda. In the first hour after arrival, the prototype rotary engine seized. Mazda knew though, this was not the end. It was only the beginning. It was going to be a long road ahead for them, but they never relented. At the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show, the Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S was introduced to the world. Three years later, on May 30, 1967, it went on sale. It was the world’s very first production twin-rotor rotary engine car. The Cosmo was also Mazda’s very first sports car. Only 1.176 production Cosmo Sports would be built. However, it’s legacy would extend for years. Mazda never stopped improving their vehicles.

2017 Pirelli World ChallengeFive Decades Later

After fifty years, Mazda still remembers the early days, as they are still a very important part of what makes Mazda, well, Mazda. Even though they may not be employing the use of rotary engines, Mazda is still advancing technology that enables incomparable driver experiences.

Beach Mazda understands this. We also strive to offer our Mazda owners exceptional experiences. Whether it’s buying a new Mazda vehicle or in our service department, we want all of our customers to have no less than the best. If you’re not familiar with Beach Mazda, stop by today. You’ll be pleased you did.

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