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Mazda is a multinational automaker headquartered in Japan. Known as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co in 1920, its founding year, the company began manufacturing vehicles in 1931. All of its models from the beginning were called Mazda, and the company itself adopted the name in 1984.

Mazda earned a reputation for alternative engine technologies after introducing the Wankel Rotary engine in 1960. The company entered the US market in 1970 and enjoyed much success with its Rotary Pickup trucks. Mazda shifted focus in the 1970s to make sports cars using the light-weight rotary engine. While the RX-7 in 1978 evolved into the latter-day RX-8, Mazda gained much acclaim for introducing another lightweight sports car, the piston-powered Mazda MX-5 Miata, in 1989.

Mazda represents compactness, style, and affordability. The company’s sporty image is best explained by its marketing slogan of “zoom-zoom,” which has coincided with the continued popularity of the Miata, and has contributed to the modern-day success of Mazda’s crossover called the CX-5. In addition to crossovers, Mazda’s stable of offerings includes cars, SUVs, and convertibles.