Founded in 1920
as a cork manufacturer, Mazda now sells cars and trucks in more than 120
countries. In 1970 Mazda entered the U.S. market, and today more than
one-third of Mazda vehicles sold in the U.S. are produced there. Earning a
strong reputation on its rotary-engine vehicles, Mazda introduced the world's
only rotary-engine sports car in 2003: the 2004 RX-8. The Ford Motor Company
owns about one-third of Mazda.