- Company's first rotary engine vehicle, the 2-door Cosmo Sport, introduced. Two make it to the U.S. as official imports of the Curtiss-Wright aviation company.
- Exports to Europe begin.
A Canadian sales company is established.
Mazda Motor of America (N.W.) Inc. is established in Seattle.
Mazda debuts the rotary-powered RX-2.
Mazda Technical Center and Toyo Kogyo U.S. Representative Office established. The rotary powered RX-3 debuts.
Mazda Motor of America (Central) Inc. is established.
Oil supply worries drive up U.S. fuel prices. Mazda builds a compact car to achieve greater fuel efficiency called the 323, or Familia in many overseas markets. U.S. marketers opt for a more American-sounding name — GLC, or Great Little Car.
Introductions of the rotary-engine RX-7 sports car, 626 midsize car and B-series pickup.
Ford Motor Co., seeing the wisdom of owning part of a company with a lineup of proven small cars, buys a 25% stake in Mazda.
Mazda Technical Center and Toyo Kogyo U.S. merge to form Mazda North America Inc.
Mazda sells its 1-millionth passenger vehicle in the U.S.
- Toyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. changes its name to Mazda Motor Corp.
- Company announces plans to build an assembly plant near Detroit in Flat Rock, Mich.
Mazda's annual U.S. sales peak at 379,843.
Mazda moves into a new North American headquarters in Irvine, Calif.
- Mazda's U.S. operations undergo reorganization, with the consolidation of Mazda Motor of America (Central) Inc. and Mazda Motor of America (East) Inc. into Mazda Motor of America Inc., and the creation of Mazda Research & Development of North America Inc.
- Mazda dedicates an all-new $23 million r&d center in Irvine.
Mazda introduces the MX-5 Miata roadster at the Chicago Auto Show.