AD #2139 – Giant Diesel Recall Proposed, New BMW X3 Gets 1st M Version, Interesting Story Behind Mazda’s Name

June 27th, 2017 at 11:51am

Runtime: 7:14

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- Germany Proposes Giant Diesel Recall
- Germany Sets Up New Testing Organization
- Daily Rentals Get Into Autonomy
- Update on Peugeot’s Return to the U.S.
- New BMW X3 Gets First M Version
- How Mazda Got Its Name

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17 Comments to “AD #2139 – Giant Diesel Recall Proposed, New BMW X3 Gets 1st M Version, Interesting Story Behind Mazda’s Name”

  1. Lex Says:

    I like the styling of the older BMW X3 over the new one. I like round fog lights and more uncluttered bumper cover surface without chromed plastic parts stuck on to get damaged in a minor impact. Bad move BMW you should have left the older X3 alone simple and smooth is better IMHO.

  2. Todd T Says:

    Mazda’s name is fascinating, though I’m not sure it was Ford’s influence that changed the name. Every motorized vehicle built by Toyo Kogyo (which was first known as Toyo Cork Kogyo, because yes, that’s what they made was cork) was called a Mazda, since the introduction of it’s first vehicle the Mazda-Go which was an autorickshaw.So, Toyo Kogyo used the Mazda name from the beginning of it’s automotive history in 1931, long before Ford’s involvement.

  3. Wim van Acker Says:

    John: “Then, when Ford bought it in 1984, the name was changed to Mazda.” My mother purchased a Mazda in 1972 in Europe, John, which were common vehicles back then. So the name Mazda preceded the take-over by Ford.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If I remember correctly, all of the BMW’s “X” vehicles are produced in South Carolina, so maybe the article I saw in my local paper today coincides with the new model(s). It was stated that BMW would hire 1,000 new employees for its S.C. plant and is planning to increase production from 400,000 to 450,000 per year.

  5. Bob Wilson Says:

    As a program suggestion, the NHTSA is using the new president’s call for deregulation to request six changes from Bloomberg:

    “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in fiscal 2018 budget documents provided to Congress that it’s considering six areas for deregulation, including standards for rear-view mirrors and backup cameras in passenger cars, an electronic stability-control mandate for heavy trucks, and a rule allowing car dealers to install switches to deactivate airbags in customer vehicles.”

    The details are sparse and I could not find them on the NHTSA web site. Perhaps you might reach out and share?

  6. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lex – The images of the new X3 we showed in today’s show are all the M version. The other models are not as aggressive looking. Not sure if you saw this, but based on your comments it’s likely more cluttered than you’d like. If you would like to look at pictures just click the headline for that story and it will take you to BMW’s site. Scroll to the bottom and look for the xLine gallery.

  7. GeelongVic Says:

    General Electric registered the name Mazda for its tungsten filament light bulbs in 1909 and continued to use the name Mazda for its tungsten light bulbs until 1945.

  8. Wim van Acker Says:

    John: I suggest you check out

    ·Three-wheel truck production starts.

    Mazda’s first production vehicle was a three-wheeled truck called the Mazda-go. In 1931, 66 units were built. Mitsubishi’s triple-diamond logo can be seen on the fuel tank because, until 1936, Mazda vehicles were marketed through the Mitsubishi Corporation’s sales network.”

    The story about the link with the 3,000 year old Persian religion may be a little far-fetched.

  9. John McElroy Says:

    #2, #3: Every vehicle that Mazda ever made was called a Mazda. That’s the brand name. But Toyo Kogyo was the official name of the company until 1984, when it was changed to Mazda. 1984 is the year that Ford took a controlling interest in the company.
    BTW, Honda’s official name is Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha.

  10. John McElroy Says:

    #8. Wim, if the story is far fetched, then it is Mazda that’s doing the stretching. Here’s the link from Mazda’s own website that explains it all:

  11. Todd T Says:

    #9, sorry John meant to clarify that as well, that the name was used for a long time, but the company was called Toyo Kogyo. If fact Wim’s mother’s car key probably said “Toyo Kogyo” on it, and not Mazda. At least that is what my neighbor’s 1978 B2000 Sundowner pickup had on it’s key. Ford did acquire “controlling” interest in Toyo Kogyo in 1984, which at the time was only 34% ownership. They did probably change the company name to Mazda, sounds like the heavy handed and useless kind of thing US car companies do when they acquire fantastic competitors. They don’t bother to use the assets they have acquired because of “not invented here syndrome” GM/SAAB, Ford/Jaguar, Ford/Volvo, Ford/Land Rover, GM/Isuzu…and so on.

    Let’s remember too for a long time Datsuns were made by a company called Nissan ;)

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #7 I remember seeing Mazda light bulbs, and I was born in 1946, so some of those light bulbs lasted quite a while.

  13. Bobby T Says:

    #12, Kit, was born in 1942 and remember seeing the Mazda name on boxes of Christmas tree lights, which, because of their seasonal use, lasted a long time.

  14. Bobby T Says:

    Whoops, meant to say I was born in 1942.

  15. studee roach Says:

    As the owner of a couple of 60′s Studebakers, I was surprised to see MAZDA in the owners booklet that pertained to light bulbs.

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