Published on January 31st, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Mazda Celebrates its 100th Anniversary!
It may be hard to believe but Mazda is turning 100 today! The company wasn’t always involved in cars though. When it was first incorporated on the 30th of January 1920, it was named Toyo Cork Kogyo, and yes, they were involved in the production of cork. However, by 1931, the company transitioned away from cork production, into machine tools and finally to creating their first motorised vehicle, the Mazda-Go. This was a three-wheeled truck that combined pick-up with a motorcycle.
The company has created loads of iconic vehicles since then. Here’s a quick run down of key milestones in the company’s history.
Mazda Motor Corporation celebrated its 100th anniversary of its founding on January 30, 2020.
Centenary official comment by Akira Marumoto, Representative Director, President and CEO:
“Mazda originated as a company producing cork and then took the path to manufacturing automobiles. Now, our cars have found friends with many customers from over 130 countries and regions. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the customers, dealers, suppliers, business partners and the local community, who have supported us over the years through good and bad times, to whom we owe our 100 years of existence. As we look ahead to the next 100 years, we will continue to put people first and cherish our ‘uniqueness of co-creating with others.’ As we strengthen co-creation and cooperation with all those connected with the company, we will continue to challenge ourselves to create unique products, technologies, and experiences that our customers love.”
Mazda plans to express our gratitude throughout the year taking part in Geneva International Motor Show in March, with centenary anniversary themed exhibits and during Mazda Open Day 2020, an open house event at Mazda’s headquarter from May 22 through 24, 2020.
A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its foundation took place today at an auditorium in the company’s headquarters in Hiroshima to express appreciation to all stakeholders who supported the company and reaffirmed resolution for the next one hundred years of future. Approximately 500 people including executives, employees and representatives of workers’ union and affiliated companies attended the ceremony.