Founded in January 1920 as a cork factory, Mazda began making tools in 1929, and then expanded into the manufacture of trucks for commercial trucks. Its first passenger cars were introduced in the early 1960s, and at about the same time, the company began developing rotary engines. Headquartered in Hiroshima, Japan, Mazda Motor Corporation ranks as one of Japans leading car makers.
In 1970, Mazda began exporting cars to the United States and Europe, and those sales account for more than two thirds of the company's total volume. Cars are assembled at one of two sites in Japan, or one of 18 sites elsewhere around the world. The facility in Hiroshima is one of the largest single site automobile factories in the world, and has an annual production capacity of more than half a million units. The Hofu plant is smaller, with a capacity of roughly 400,000 units. Sites overseas include joint ventures in Thailand and the United States, in partnership with the Ford Motor Company, Mazda's largest shareholder.
Mazda's signature rotary engine represents their entire history of engineering innovation. Many other automakers attempted to adapt the concept, but it was Mazda that persevered and succeeded with the creation of a commercial sports car engine. Today, they are the only car maker in the world that makes gasoline, diesel, and rotary internal combustion engines, and the latest incarnation of the rotary engine is what powers their new Mazda RX-8.
Mazda sums up their mission to make cars that are fun to drive but also affordable with their flirty, zippy catch-phrase, "Zoom-Zoom."
2012 Mazda Mazda6
There’s no doubt about it; the 2012 Mazda MAZDA6 is a flashy, eye-catching piece of machinery. Starting at just $20,480 and available in 7 sharp colors, consumers will definitely want to consider the MAZDA6 for a mid-size sports car. The exterior has dual chrome tipped exhaust pipes, bold and stylish lines that create much greater aerodynamics, LED taillights and bi-xenon headlights. It also has one of the best rear cargo capacities in its class. The side mirrors even have a blind spot warning, which alerts the driver to potential collisions.
On the inside of the cabin, the leather-wrapped steering wheel is equipped with multiple buttons, allowing the driver to adjust cruise control speed, volume and much more. The dual-zone climate control feature allows the driver and front passenger to each have their own “climate.” The comfortable leather seats can easily accommodate up to 5 adult passengers. The 5-inch dash-mounted screen allows the driver to pick from a variety of music on the radio, CD or MP3 player, while providing turn-by-turn GPS navigation. more
2012 Mazda Mazda5
The 2012 Mazda Mazda5, though on the small side for a mini van, is highly competitive in the sector for its excellent performance and elegant good looks.
2011 Mazda Tribute
In the affordable compact SUV genre, Mazda is scraping the bottom of the barrel with the 2011 Tribute. Opening at $20,555 and climbing to $29,065, the Tribute gets, on average, 22 city and 28 highway.
2011 Mazda Mazda6
The 2011 Mazda6 stands out in the affordable, mid-sized car class for adding elements of sport-car-like handling and power to an otherwise staid genre of day-to-day dependable rides.
2011 Mazda RX-8
The 2011 Mazda RX-8 is one of those affordable sports cars you want to like love, even. However, disappointing performance and a fuel-guzzling, maintenance-plagued rotary engine are deal killers.