Mazda started to produce its first cars in the early 60’s with the R360 being released in 1960 followed by the P360 Carol in 1962 which dominated the kei car sales in Japan at that time. Mazda engineer’s were inspired by the rotary engine. Mazda soon formed a partnership with NSU and put a lot of effort in research and development in the rotary engine which resulted in the Cosmo Sports sports car introduced in 1967.
Mazda Cosmo Sports
Mazda started to roll out its rotary to other models which under RX name among which the most famous is the RX-7. At the end of the 80’s, Mazda started to roll out 3 sub-brands in Japan.
– Autozam being specialised in small cars and kei cars
– Eunos as up market and fun to drive
– ɛ̃fini as luxury brand
As such, Mazda had a significant variety of cars on offer of which many were never officially exported from the Japanese market.
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