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Mazda Die Cast Models
 
 
 
Mazda is a Japanese car manufacturer. It is said that Mazda coincides with the anglicized pronunciation of the founder's name, Jujiro Matsuda, who was interested in spirituality, and chose to rename the firm in honor of both his family and Zoroastrianism. The word Mazda derives from Ahura Mazda, the Avestan language name for a divinity exalted by the ancient Iranian prophet Zoroaster, as the source of wisdom, intelligence and harmony.

Mazda began as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd, founded in Japan in 1920. Toyo Cork Kogyo renamed itself to Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 1927. Toyo Kogyo moved from manufacturing machine tools to vehicles in 1931. Toyo Kogyo produced weapons for the Japanese military throughout the Second World War. The company formally adopted the Mazda name in 1984, though every automobile sold from the beginning bore that name.

Beginning in the 1960s, Mazda put a major engineering effort into development of the Wankel rotary engine. Mazda has become the sole manufacturer of Wankel-type engines. Following their long-held fascination with alternative engine technology, Mazda introduced the first Miller cycle engine for automotive use in the Millenia luxury sedan of 1995. In 1991, a four-rotor Mazda 787B (2622 cc actual, rated by FIA formula at 4708 cc) won the 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race outright.

Since 1970 Ford Motor Company has had financial stake in Mazda.

Between 1975 and 1991, Mazda did not have an official symbol, only a stylized version of their name. In 1991, Mazda adopted a corporate symbol which was to represent a sun and a flame standing for heartfelt passion. A redesigned symbol was introduced in 1997. It is a stylized "M" meant to show Mazda stretching its wings for the future. Also known as representing a tulip.

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2006 - MX-5 '06
1999 - MX-5 '99
1989 - MX-5 '89
2003 - RX-8
1999 - RX-7 '99
1993 - RX-7 '93
1986 - RX-7 Turbo II
1978 - RX-7 '78