Mazda: Relationship to the Ford Motor Company
Japan Automatic Transmission Company (JATCO) is formed as a joint venture
among Mazda, Ford and Nissan for automatic transmission manufacturing (since
1981 only Mazda and Nissan remain).
Supply of Courier (B-Series based) pickup trucks to Ford begins.
Ford and Mazda enter into a capital tie-up; Ford acquires a 25% equity
stake in Mazda.
Four-speed manual transaxles for passenger cars are supplied to Ford.
Mazda markets Ford brand vehicles through the Autorama sales channel.
Mazda, Ford and Matsushita form a new company, Japan Climate Systems,
to produce automotive air conditioners and heating units.
Mazda produces the Ford Probe at Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corporation
Marketing of Ford-produced Mazda Navajo starts through Mazda's U.S. sales
Mazda, Ford and Sanyo establish FMS Audio Sdn. Bhd. To manufacture automotive
audio products in Malaysia (currently only Sanyo and Mazda remain).
Mazda and Ford become equal partners in a joint venture named AutoAlliance
International, Inc. (formerly MMUC).
Mazda and Ford each buy equal equity interest in Autorama, Inc.
Mazda purchases new compact pickup trucks from Ford for sales in Canada
and the U.S.
Mazda and Ford enter into a long-term strategic relationship to enhance
Cumulative transmission supply from Mazda to Ford exceeds 10 million units.
Mazda and Ford jointly establish AutoAlliance (Thailand) Company Limited
to manufacture pickup trucks in Thailand beginning in mid-1998.
AutoAlliance (Thailand) Company Limited holds a stone-laying and site
Ford-supplied Mazda 121 are introduced into major European markets.
Mazda and Ford enter into a closer tie-up with Ford increasing its equity
share from 25% to 33.4%.
Henry D.G. Wallace is appointed president of Mazda Motor Corporation.
Autrama Inc. becomes Ford Sales Japan. March Mazda and Ford agree to
a synchronized product cycle plan and to communize platforms and powertrains
progressively. November James E. Miller is appointed president of Mazda