January 30, 1920 – Mazda is founded

Toyo Cork Kogyo was founded by Jujiro Matsuda in Hiroshima, Japan on this day in 1920. The company, which produced cork, was saved from bankruptcy by Hiroshima Savings Bank in the late 1920s, and started to reconsider their operation. In 1931 Toyo Kogyo Co, as the company was known by then, introduced the three-wheeled Mazda-Go autorickshaw, beginning its endeavor into automobiles. During WWII they produced the Type 99 rifle for the Japanese army. The Mazda R360 was introduced in 1960, about the time the company formed a partnership with Germany company NSU to further develop the Wankle rotary engine, achievements it introduced in the Mazda Cosmo Sport in 1967. Mazda expanded to Canada and the US in 1968 and 1970 respectively and in 1984 it officially adopted the Mazda name. Mazda-Go illustration by Brian CoreyMazda R360 coupé by Mic, CC 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/8GYRujMazda Cosmo Sport by Contri, CC 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/8HK1GH

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