Mazda is one of the biggest and leading Japanese automakers in the world. With over 1.3 million vehicles in global sales on an annual basis, the company stands headquartered in Hiroshima, Japan. In terms of production, the company is ranked as 15th of all automakers globally. Mazda is named after “Ahura Mazda”, the Persian God of light, intelligence and wisdom and also from its founder’s last name Matsuda. The company is basically known for producing automobiles, light trucks and engines. Seita Kanai serves the company as its Chairman while Masamichi Kogai as its President and CEO. It has offices and production facilities in various other countries and employs a total number of 37,745 people so far.
The corporation’s history goes back to the year 1920 when it had first started out as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd. It was established in Hiroshima itself and had to be saved by Hiroshima Saving Bank in the late 1920s from going bankrupt. The company had initially begun with the production of machine tools and later moved on to manufacturing of vehicles. The first vehicle it ever manufactured was the Mazda-Go Auto-Rickshaw. After the beginning of the World War II, the company started manufacturing and supplying weapons to the Japanese army. In 1984, it officially dropped the name Toyo Cork Kogyo for Mazda and began establishing an overseas market for itself.