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Founded in 1920, Mazda is one of the oldest of Japan’s car manufacturers.
In 1960, Mazda introduced its first passenger car, the two-door R360 Coupe, which is powered by a 356cc air-cooled engine. That model was followed by the Mazda B-1500 pickup truck.
Mazda continued to expand its product line in the 1960s.
Mazda set up its U.S. operation in 1974 and began expanding models that same year. The rotary-powered RX-4 was one of its earliest models. A small B-2000 pickup truck was also released.
Throughout the 1980s, Mazda expanded its product line to include the GLC, forerunner to the compact Protege as well as to the current Mazda3. A midsize 626 sedan was also introduced, a model known as the Mazda6 today.
The 1980s also brought forth the first full-size Mazda, the 929. It was replaced with the Millennia and marketed as an upscale sedan.
The most significant modern Mazda model may be the Mazda MX-5 Miata, a two-seat sports car introduced in 1989 and one of the longest produced models this company offers.
The 1990s brought the MPV to the market, a mini minivan model. In the new century, Mazda introduced the compact Tribute SUV, following that vehicle with the CX-5 years later. In more recent years the company has gone through a naming convention overhaul and has sold a subcompact Mazda2 along with larger SUVs, including the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-9. The Mazda MPV was renamed the Mazda5.