MAZDA TAKES TO THE ROAD
In 1931, the company made its first motor vehicle, the Mazda-go. This was a three-wheeled motorcycle with a cargo carrier mounted just behind the single seat. It was named after an ancient god of light and wisdom. It was also no coincidence that it bore so much resemblance to the way that Matsuda’s name should be pronounced.
The company developed its vehicle range over the years, using the Mazda name. The company didn’t change its name to Mazda Motor Corporation until much later.
In 1960, Mazda made its first car, the R60 Coupé. Leading the way in terms of fuel efficiency, this two-door, four-seater was capable of 75mpg. Take a look at the video below to see how the R60 inspired the Mazda 100th birthday special editions of the MX-5 Convertible, CX-30 and Mazda3.