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Mazda Highlights from 1990-2004

What’s new today? If you’re going to ask me, I’m up to the old stuff right now. I mean, after a stressing study about the Nissan mud flap and Nissan oxygen sensors, I wanted to study about the oldies! And fortunately, I found something that might amuse you. I’m not going to write something here if it wasn’t trivial or informative, so you better be interested. Just kidding!

Anyway, here are some bits and pieces of colorful Mazda’s history and highlights from the year 1990 to 2004. In case you are one of the Mazda geeks, you better read this, believe me. And in case you want to learn more about Mazda history, just visit this site and you’ll be provided with the complete information. As per the following list, this one was lifted from here.

1990

  • Formation of Mazda Systems Services of North America, Inc. (MSS) in Flat Rock.
  • MRA Flat Rock expansion to include testing for local parts development.
  • MX-5 Miata and MPV each receive a “10Best” award from Car and Driver.
  • Mazda enters the U.S. sport-utility market segment with the 2-door Mazda Navajo.
  • MPV 4WD named “Best New Van” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • MX-5 Miata receives “Automobile of the Year” award from Automobile Magazine.

1991

  • MX-5 Miata and MPV 3.0-liter V6 each receive a Car and Driver “10Best” award.
  • Agreement with Ford Motor Company to develop and manufacture a new Mazda compact B-Series Truck for the North American market, starting in 1993.
  • Introduction of the all-new MY1992 Mazda 929 luxury sedan and MX-3 sports coupe, the first in its class offered with a 1.8-liter V6 engine, the smallest V6 in mass production.
  • MX-3 awarded “Best New Sports Car” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • One-millionth Mazda B-Series Truck sold in the U.S.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.
  • RX-7 wins “Best New Performance Car” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • Mazda’s four-rotor 787B wins Le Mans, becoming the first and only Japanese manufacturer to win this famous endurance race.

1992

  • Introduction of the MY1993 RX-7.
  • Opening of the new $9 million MRA/MSS building in Flat Rock.
  • MMUC becomes a joint venture between Mazda and Ford Motor Company, named AutoAlliance International, Inc. (AAI).
  • Assembly of the all-new 1993 Mazda MX-6, 626, and Ford Probe begins at AAI.
  • Completion of MANA’s Quality Research Building and the $25.6 million Woodhaven Inland Port facility in Woodhaven, Michigan.
  • Mazda MX-6 and 626 classified as a domestic fleet under EPA guidelines.
  • MX-5 Miata receives a “10Best” award from Car and Driver.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.

1993

  • Assembly of the one-millionth vehicle at AAI.
  • Introduction of Mazda’s all-new MY1994 B-Series Truck, assembled in Edison, New Jersey.
  • Mazda RX-7 named as a Car and Driver “10Best.”
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.

1994

  • Introduction of the 1995 Mazda Millenia, an all-new luxury sedan.
  • Introduction of the high-output, fuel-efficient Miller-cycle engine (in the Millenia S), the first automotive application of Miller-cycle technology.
  • Mazda sets sixth year of record passenger car sales in the United States.
  • Mazda introduces the MY1995 Protegé, featuring OptiSpace design.
  • Mazda RX-7 named as a Car and Driver “10Best.”

1995

  • Mazda RX-7 receives fifth “10Best” award from Car and Driver.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata and Millenia to its “All-Star” list.
  • Millenia S named “Best New Luxury Car” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the “Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World.

1996

  • J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study rated the following among the top three vehicles per segment in initial quality: Compact Car – Mazda Protegé; Compact Pickup – Mazda B-Series; Sporty Car – Mazda MX-5 Miata; Entry Luxury Car (Under $35,000) – Mazda Millenia.
  • Ford Motor Company increases its equity in Mazda Motor Corporation to 33.4 percent.
  • Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the “Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata and Millenia to its “All-Star” list.

1997

  • MSS, MRA, MANA, and MMA consolidate operations under the new business name Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), headquartered in Irvine, California.
  • Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the “Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World.
  • Mazda introduces its new “Winged M” brand marquee worldwide.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.

1998

  • Mazda redesigns the MX-5 Miata for the first time since its introduction nine years earlier, debuting the new car as a 1999 model.
  • The MX-5 Miata receives a Car and Driver “10Best” award.
  • Debut of the MY1998.5 Mazda B-Series Cab Plus 4, the first 4-door import brand truck.
  • Introduction of the all-new third-generation Protegé as a 1999 model. The Protegé receives Ultra Low Emission Vehicle status in California.
  • Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the “Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World.
  • Mazda Protegé DX named “Best New Car” under $13,000 by Kiplinger’s New Cars and Trucks 1999 Buyers Guide.
  • Consumers Digest names the MX-5 Miata, Protegé, and B-Series Truck to its 1999 “Best Buy” list.

1999
The MX-5 Miata celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Special-Edition model and receives numerous accolades, including:

  • Fifth “10Best” award from Car and Driver.
  • Named to Consumers Digest “Best Buy” list.
  • “Best Convertible” in MotorWeek’s Driver’s Choice Awards.
  • One of Sport Compact Car’s “Eight Great Rides.”
  • Protegé named “Best New Family Sedan (Under $25,000)” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • Mazda debuts MY2000 MPV.

2000

  • Car and Driver ranks Mazda Protegé ES “#1 Compact Sedan.”
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.
  • Tribute introduced as a 2001 model year vehicle.

2001

  • Mazda Motor Corporation celebrates 70th anniversary of automobile manufacturing.
  • Introduction of the MP3, a production-quality sport compact car.
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata, MPV, and Tribute named Consumers Digest “Best Buys.”
  • Introduction of the Mazda Protegé5 as a 2002 model.
  • Tribute named “Best New Compact Sport Utility” and “Canadian Truck of the Year” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • MNAO acquires naming rights to one of the nation’s premier road racing circuits, now called Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

2002
Mazda Tribute receives several awards, including:

  • Automobile Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Small Sport Utility Vehicle.”
  • Edmunds.com Editor’s Choice Award for “Small SUV of the Year.”
  • The MX-5 Miata named to Automobile Magazine “All-Star” list for the 12th time.
  • MNAO launches MAZDASPEED performance badge.
  • Mazda introduces turbocharged MAZDASPEED Protegé as a 2003 model.
  • MAZDASPEED Protegé, parts, accessories, and merchandise go on sale at Mazda’s exclusive MAZDASPEED dealers.
  • Mazda launches U.S. production and North American sales of 2003 MAZDA6 sports sedan.

2003

  • Mazda introduces 2004 RX-8 sports car. The world’s only rotary-engine sports car is first with “Freestyle” door system and room for four adults.
  • Mazda introduces the 2003.5 MAZDASPEED Protegé.
  • Mazda introduces 2004 MAZDA3 4-Door and 5-Door.
  • RX-8 RENESIS rotary engine wins 2003 International Engine of the Year.
  • MAZDA6 wins more than 60 domestic and international awards during its first year, including a Car and Driver “10Best,” Automobile Magazine “All-Star,” and MONEY® magazine “2003 Best Mid-Sized Sedan.”

2004

  • Mazda introduces 2004 MAZDA6 5-Door and Sport Wagon, and 2004 MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata.
  • Edmunds.com awards MAZDA3 the “Most Wanted Sedan Under $15,000.”
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance awards MAZDA3 “Best New Car Under $17,000” and “Best New Sports Car” honors to the RX-8.
  • RX-8 receives Car and Driver “10Best” award, MONEY® magazine’s “Best Sports Car” award, and is a 2004 Automobile Magazine “All-Star”

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada awards:

  • 2004 Canadian Car of the Year – MAZDA3
  • 2004 Best New Economy Car – MAZDA3
  • 2004 Best New Sports Coupe/Sedan (under $35,000) – MAZDA3 Sport
  • 2004 Best New Sports/Performance Car – Mazda RX-8
  • 2004 Best New Family Car – MAZDA6
  • Mazda RX-8 awarded 2004 Le Guide de l’Auto Car of the Year.
  • MAZDA6 named an Automobile Magazine “All-Star” for the second year in a row and MONEY® magazine’s “Best Family Sedan.”
  • AutoWeek awards MAZDA3 “America’s Best Economy car.”
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