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Mazda has been a top seller in North America for decades. The company’s array of sporty sedans and crossovers have been revered by Plano drivers for their efficiency, style, and excitement.
However, the brand’s origins and production facilities are not necessarily well-known to many McKinney enthusiasts. So, where is Mazda originally from, and how did the brand make its way to such high levels of popularity in the United States? Here’s a quick rundown of the roots of the Mazda auto company.
Mazda Motor Corporation, which was founded in 1920 as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd. in Hiroshima, Japan, changed its name to Toyo Kogyo Co. in 1927 before adopting its current moniker. Before debuting the Mazdago, a combination truck and motorcycle with three wheels, the company specialized in producing industrial tools. Mazda’s international headquarters are still in Hiroshima, Japan. Even back then, the name of the small trike manufactured was a prelude to the exciting future for the company. The name Mazdago is fitting, considering the direction the automaker ultimately went in crafting attention-grabbing models like the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
New factories and assembly lines were needed to keep up with Mazda’s rising global sales. The first factory outside of Japan for Mazda was constructed in Colombia.
The most current of its plants was established in Alabama, USA, in 2021. Mazda and Toyota, the other big name in Japanese cars, have partnered up to build this factory.
After all these years, where is Mazda manufactured now? Is Mazda made in America?
A Mazda factory stood in Flat Rock, Michigan, from 1987 until 2012. The Mazda MX-6, Mazda 626, and Mazda 6 were the first three models produced in this plant. Mazda discontinued production at the plant in 2012, and Ford Motor Company eventually bought out the remaining stake.
Mazda’s future production in the United States was in doubt after the Michigan facility was shut down. However, this was far from the end for the resilient brand.
Mazda celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2018 – a milestone for any organization in business. With the new production facilities in Alabama opening in 2021, this marks a continuation for Mazda and a sign of things to come for the future.
It’s only right that a brand that makes such efficient, reliable vehicles would have such an enduring reputation and enjoy over a century of success in the automobile manufacturing industry.
At Town North Mazda, we’re proud to be a supplier of Mazda vehicles and are thrilled to be able to offer our customers a quality product. For more information on owning a Mazda vehicle, contact us, and we’d be more than happy to help you with anything from a test drive to financing.
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