Mazda History


From origins as a small machine tool production company to fame as a world leader in the automotive industry, Mazda has a long, storied history that belies a legacy of innovation and development. With such a history of growth, it’s no wonder that Mazda remains at the forefront of automotive development. To see what they currently offer, contact us at Mazda of Bedford.


  • 1961

In 1961, the Japanese government mandated that Mazda must develop a specific technological expertise in order to remain an independent company. Thus, the rotary engine for the Cosmo 110S luxury sports coupe was born.


  • 1967

The first 110S went into production in May 1967. Of these initial models, only two make it to the U.S. as official import of the Curitss-Wright aviation company.


  • 1970

Following success at home in Japan, Mazda established Mazda Motor of America Inc. in 1970. Located in Seattle Washington, Mazda Motor of North America began importing cars for U.S. sales on April 14th, 1970.


  • 1973

1973 is a milestone year, as the Mazda RX-3 became the first vehicle in the world to pass the new and stricter U.S. emission standards. It also marks the year the Mazda RX-2 became the first Mazda to win a professional race in the U.S.


  • 1982

By the early 80s, Mazda has thoroughly established itself as an industry leader in the U.S. market. In 1982, Mazda sold its one-millionth passenger car in the U.S.


  • 1984

In 1984, Mazda announced plans to expand global production by building a new assembly facility in Flat Rock Michigan. 1984 also marks the establishment of the Mazda Foundation as a way of giving back to the communities the company operates in.


  • 1986

Building on a legacy of race performance, the RX-7 set a new land speed class record of 238.442 miles per hour in 1986. The Mazda RX-7 was also award the Motor Trend “Import Car of the Year” award.


  • 1992

In the early 90s, Mazda joined forces with Ford Motor Company to establish the AutoAlliance International, Inc in 1992. In 1992, the MX-5 also garnered several coveted awards, including awards from Car and Driver and Automobile Magazine.


  • 2000

Coming into the new millennium, Mazda introduced its memorable Zoom-Zoom campaign. The campaign was an immediate hit and lead to growing sales.


  • 2015

By 2015, Mazda posted its highest sales year since the early 90’s. Mazda also introduced the new CX-9 three-row crossover SUV, as well as a new SKYACTIVE-G 2.5T turbocharged engine.


  • 2017

Building on a decade of momentum, Mazda garnered numerous awards in 2017 including a WardsAuto “10 Best Engines” award.