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Mazda History


Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi is proud to offer a diverse, extensive inventory of Mazda vehicles! Mazda is a company with a history of always raising the bar and putting out the very best products year after year. Here’s a quick history of Mazda, starting all the way back in 1920.
  • 1920: The company that eventually becomes Mazda, Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd., is founded in Hiroshima, Japan.
  • 1931: Toyo Kogyo begins manufacturing vehicles with the Mazda-Go autorickshaw.
  • 1967: Mazda creates the 110S Cosmo Sport, the first-ever rotary vehicle.
  • 1970: Mazda Motor of America is established, and vehicles begin to sell wildly in the United States.
  • 1973: The first model in the world to pass rigorous exhaust emissions standards in the United States, the RX-2, is manufactured by Mazda.
  • 1977: The “Great Little Car” gets its big debut.
  • 1982: The one millionth Mazda passenger car is sold in the United States, after just over a decade of sales in the country.
  • 1989: The public is introduced to the Mazda MX-5 Miata for the first time.
  • 1991: Just a few years after the one-millionth passenger car, the one-millionth Mazda B-Series truck is sold.
  • 1990s: Mazda’s lineup gets stronger each year, as their vehicles earn coveted awards in all categories, with the MX-5 Miata earning particular praise.
  • 2000: The 2001 Mazda Tribute gets its debut, as Mazda still strives to produce new, innovative vehicles.
  • 2000-2015: The automotive industry falls upon hard times, but Mazda continues to grow throughout this time period, strengthening its products.
  • Today: Mazda vehicles are more popular and reliable than ever, with the 2016 Mazda3 being named one of the 10Best by Car and Driver–just one of the many awards earned by Mazda in the recent past.
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For more details on Mazda’s extensive history, or of course to check out one of our many available Mazda models, visit us at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi. Gossett offers a wide selection of new Mazda cars, including the 2016 MX-5 Miata, CX-3 and Mazda3. To schedule a test drive or talk more about a vehicle with a sales representative, give us a call or stop by our dealership at 1870 Covington Pike in Memphis, TN. You can also browse our website to view our used cars in a variety of makes and models. Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi is happy to serve customers in Memphis, Cordova, Bartlett and West Memphis!
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