Mazda service and Mazda repair is what we are known for in our Covina shop. Johnny’s Auto Service offers special pricing on some of our Mazda repairs and Mazda services, and we offer AAA discounts as a AAA Certified Repair Facility. Like all the other vehicles we service and repair, we have studied Mazda’s history and the evolution of Mazda technology so we can better serve our Mazda customers.
Did you know that Mazda has an interesting history as far as car companies go, particularly considering Mazda started as a cork producer back in the “early days”? Starting in 1920, a little company called Toyo Cork Kogyo, Ltd. was founded in Hiroshima, Japan. A humble beginning, started by a man named Mr. Jujiro Matsuda. Mr. Matsuda, along with a small group of investors took over a company named Abemaki Tree Cork Company, renaming it Toyo Cork Kogyo, Ltd. to grow out of cork production and into industrial production.
In 1927, Mr. Matsuda reformed the company naming it Toyo Kogyo Kaisha. Come 1929, the company made machine tools, and their first motor vehicle. A test run of 30 tri-cycle trucks were made. By 1931 these same tri-cycle trucks were being exported to China. It was called the “Mazda-Go-a.” The first “Mazda’s”, if you will, were out and about in the world.
In 1934, Toyo Kogyo changed its name to Mazda, although it was unofficial. Some say it was in honor of the founder (the “t” is silent in his name) and others say it is also in reference to the Zoroastrian god, “Ahura-Mazda”. However, according to Ford’s Brand web site on the subject of Mazda’s history, it says that Mr. Matsuda changed the name in 1931, and he specifically wanted the company to associate its image with the god Ahura Mazda. It also says that Mr. Matsuda had trouble deciding between naming the company after his family name or the god. However, he finally chose the god’s name because as the site says, “This was characteristic of the company’s founder, who was humble and idealistic and wished the brand name to be symbolic of a broader positive meaning.”
Mazda grew large enough to become a formidable player in the world’s automobile industry in the 1960s when they put the Wankel rotary engine into all Mazda vehicles as a means of differentiating Mazda from other Japanese auto companies. After the introduction of the rotary engine, Mazda rapidly began to export its vehicles all over the world. Today, Mazda remains one of the top automobile manufacturers in the world and continues to grow its product lines and innovations in technology.
Come to Johnny’s Auto Service in Covina the next time you need Mazda service or Mazda repair, and experience the Johnny’s Auto Advantage. Call today at 626-966-5212, or request an appointment online. Let us know if you need an early bird form for an early drop off of your Mazda. Johnny’s Auto Service is conveniently located at 239 East Bernadino Rd (A) in Covina, CA.