Who Makes Mazda?

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There’s no doubt that Manteca love their Mazda vehicles. Who can blame them? These cars, like the popular Mazda AWD SUVs, live up to their reputation for reliability. But very few of our customers at Tracy Mazda know much about the Mazda company. Not to worry, we’re here to answer your questions. Who makes Mazda vehicles? Who owns Mazda? Where are Mazda cars made? Where did the Mazda name come from? Find out below.

Who Owns Mazda?

Our Stockton customers often ask us about who makes Mazda cars. Many of them have been under the impression that Mazda is owned by Toyota or Nissan. But the Mazda Motor Corporation near Hiroshima, Japan, exists as its own entity as the producer of Mazda vehicles. Ford bought a stake in the company in 1979, eventually owning a controlling share of 33.4% of the company by May 1995. However, Ford had sold all of its shares in Mazda by 2015 as a way of streamlining its assets.

Where is Mazda Made?

Anyone who owns a Mazda is naturally curious about where it was made. Most Mazda vehicles are made in multiple plants in Japan. However, about a third are produced in various other plants in other countries. So the hard-working folks who make Mazda cars can be found in several spots around the globe.

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Where Did the Mazda Name Come From?

The company that makes Mazda vehicles was originally named “Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd”, as a producer of manufacturing machine tools. The name “Mazda” appeared in 1931 with the Mazda-Go auto rickshaw. While every vehicle produced by the company from that point carried the Mazda name, the company itself did not adopt the name until 1984. Where did the name come from? It came from two sources, the first being Ahura Mazda, the Persian god of light and wisdom. The second source would be a derivation from the name of the company’s founder, Jujiro Matsuda (pronounced “mazda” in Japanese).

Come By Tracy Mazda for a Test Drive!

See for yourself why so many Manteca drivers are crazy about their Mazda vehicles. While you’re here, make sure to check out our lease specials. If you’re looking to purchase, don’t forget to check out our car buying tips, learn about the Mazda CX-30 price, and more. We’re conveniently located in Tracy, so drop by or contact us today!

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