From cork to cars.
In 1920, the Toyo Cork Kogyo company was founded in Hiroshima, Japan by Jujiro Matsuda. As the name suggests, the company initially manufactured cork. But Matsuda soon branched out into cars and in 1931 the name Mazda was born. It refers to the name “Matsuda” as well as the West Asian God of wisdom, intelligence and harmony, Ahura Mazda.