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July 23, 2006 – The Cougar Ace car carrier lists, 4,703 Mazdas later crushed
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July 23, 2006 – The Cougar Ace car carrier lists, 4,703 Mazdas later crushed

The Cougar Ace On this day in 2006 the MV Cougar Ace, a Singapore-flagged car carrier vessel, was just south of the Aleutian Islands in the North Pacific Ocean while traveling from Japan to Vancouver, British Columbia with a cargo of 4,812 vehicles. During an exchange of ballast water, the ship developed a 60 degree list to port. There are reports of a large wave striking the ship during the ballast transfer, but it is unknown what effect this had on the stability of the ship, if any. Nearly on its side, the 23 crew members had to be rescued by the US Coast Guard and the Alaska Air National Guard the following day. Of the 4,812 vehicles on board, 4,703 of them were Mazdas. The total value of the vehicles was listed at $117 million. Salvage efforts led to the vessel being righted and...
July 7, 1953 – Subaru is established
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July 7, 1953 – Subaru is established

On this day in 1953 Fuji Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (FHI) established the Subaru brand, which is the name given to the Pleiades star cluster shown on the Subaru logo. The six stars represent the six companies that merged together to create FHI. The first Subaru car, the 1500, debuted the following year but only saw a production run of 20 vehicles. Above: Subaru 360Top: A Subaru 1500, among the first vehicles produced by the Subaru brand The first mass produced Subaru, the 360, hosted a 16 hp engine that achieved 66 miles per gallon. The car was known in Japan as the “people’s car,” as it was the first affordable personal vehicle offered in the country. By the end of the 1970s the 360, which had earned the nickname "Ladybug," was upgraded to a 36 hp engine that could hit 50 miles...
January 30, 1920 – Mazda is founded
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January 30, 1920 – Mazda is founded

Toyo Cork Kogyo, which would eventually become Mazda, 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. The near death experience allowed the board of the company  to reconsider their product offerings. They reorganized in 1931 as Toyo Kogyo Co and introduced the three-wheeled Mazda-Go auto-rickshaw, beginning the company’s endeavor into automobiles.  Mazda R360 coupé by Mic, CC 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/8GYRuj. Top: Mazda-Go Auto Rickshaw The company’s first real car, the Mazda R360 was introduced in 1960, about the time the company formed a partnership with German company NSU to develop the Wankel rotary engine. This joint venture would lead to th...

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