About Mazda Wheels
The first vehicle produced by the Toyo Kyogo Company, based in Hiroshima, Japan, was called the Mazda-go Autorickshaw. It was a three wheeled truck whose name was based off the Japanese God of Light, “Ahura Mazda.” This name also sounded similar to the name of company founder Jujiro Matsuda. Toyo Kyogo continued to manufacture vehicles under their brand, with each automotive product bearing the Mazda title, however they also had a catalogue of other products, most notable rifles supplied to the Japanese military. It was not until 1984 that the company formally adopted the brand name Mazda that we all know and love today.
Amongst it’s Japanese competitors, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota, how could Mazda have stood out? The answer to that is undeniably in its compact sports car catalogue, powered by their legendary Wankel Rotary Engines. These engines did not use the traditional pistons that you see elsewhere in the industry, instead combustion was controlled by a rotating triangular piece. The concept of this engine boasted great levels of horsepower, without a heavy block and pistons, resulting in an extremely competitive power to weight ratio. The first car in Mazda’s catalogue would be their Cosmo sport coupe, however its popularity among enthusiasts would see the engine make it’s own Mazda label, known as RX. From the 1960s until the turn of the century Mazda would sell RX sports cars globally, from the RX-3, to RX-5, the ultra legendary RX-7, and most recently the RX-8. The Wankel Rotary engine powered Mazda’s 787B race car to victory in the 24 Hours of Lemans, and cemented the company as a performance powerhouse. Keeping with the tradition of lightweight sports cars, Mazda introduced what would become another track icon, the Miata. Inspired by the cult hit Lotus Elan, a simple challenge was introduced: Product a convertible sports coupe, with the engine in the front, and 50-50 weight distribution. Since 1990 the Miata has been renowned as a fantastic way to use your summer wheels, with its rigid chassis, exhilarating performance, and traditional japanese reliability.
As Mazda’s popularity and reputation grew, a partnership with Ford Motor Company was produced. The two brands would collaborate and create some of the world’s most popular and reliable economy car models. The companies would collaborate heavily on compact cars, trucks, sedans, and SUVs. The most clear evidence of this partnership was visible on the B2000 series of pickup trucks, a platform directly shared with the Ford Ranger. Other collaborative works served as the basis for vehicles like the Mazda 3 (formerly 323), Mazda 6 (formerly 626), the Tribute (a rebodied Ford Escape), and the CX-5 (originally based on the Ford Edge). These joint projects uplifted Mazda until 2011 when their partnership with Ford ended. Since their catalogue of SUVs has expanded to include the CX-3 compact and CX-9 full size. Currently Mazda has entered in a new partnership with Toyota, and has even unveiled plans to release a fully electric SUV to compete with Tesla, the MX-30. Mazda’s culture has always been an ambitious one, and they have stood against the odds to become industry champions. It’s this culture that we at CanadaWheels use as inspiration when our customers seek us out to purchase new wheels. At CanadaWheels, we are committed to bringing all sorts of customers the optimal buying experience for their wheels, tires, parts, and accessories. In the same way that drivers have come to trust Mazda, so can they trust us to provide a hands on experience that is efficient, affordable, and still loaded with passion for the road.
If you ever have a special request for your Mazda, and you can’t find it within CanadaWheels’ inventory, we invite you to contact us. Our pros are always standing by during business hours to answer any questions you may have.
Give your vehicle the treatment it deserves, through CanadaWheels’ award winning fulfillment and support network, the Mazda of your dreams is possible. Take control of your car’s wheel buying experience, and let us at CanadaWheels guide you into an optimized package that will meet your needs and keep your driving experience positive for years to come.