To many car aficionados, the RX-7 sports car it’s the most memorable of the Mazda Fleet. This is an iconic vehicle that helped stablish the Mazda brand as a verifiable one in the the US. It is also the predecessor of the carmaker’s “zoom, zoom” marketing campaign. However, Mazda had been around long before RX-7 made its 1978 debut. Mazda’s origins go all the way back to the 1920’s, it began as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co, and it was founded in Hiroshima. It originally produced machine tools but the company soon began to produce three-wheeled trucks and sedans. It was in 1960 that the company produced the R360, the company’s first four-wheeled vehicle. Mazda soon began auto production aggressively with the first ones appering in 1970 in the US market. The wankel rotary engine was a staple of Mazadduring the 1970’s. These included the the RX-2, the RX-3, and the RX-7. Ford got a 20% stake of the company in 1979, and Fords and Mazdas have been linked ever since. Before the mid-1980’s, In fact, Mazda built the early Ford Ranger pickup trucks. Helping to establish the Mazda brand in the later years, the the 323, the 626, the Millennia, the Protege, and the Miata are some of the cars that have successfully done so. In addition, the automaker's popular ""zoom zoom"" marketing campaign helped distinguish the company from its competitors.