Japan’s Mazda was founded in 1920. Beginning in the 1960’s, as a way to differentiate itself from other Japanese auto companies, Mazda put a major engineering effort into development of the Wankel rotary engine, and currently is the only manufacturer to produce the Wankel-type engine. This helped put Mazda on the map but due to the 1973 oil crisis, Mazda was on the verge of bankruptcy and switched to mainstream piston engines. Ford has a long standing history and continues to be a strategic partner with Mazda through joint ventures and exchanges of technological information.
Currently, Mazda’s lineup includes the mid-sized sedan 6
, compact crossover CX-5
, and the sporty Miata