In the midst of the budding Mazda Company, still known as the Toyo Kogyo Company, the second world war was well underway all around the world. For a while, the company did not suffer from the war that waged around them. This, however, did not last. The company’s plant was station in Hiroshima, a city well written into the history books of WWII. Until 1935, the company continued to produce normally, but once the war got more prevalent, Toyo Kogyo switched from manufacturing trucks and started producing rifles for the Japanese military.
In 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and ended World Was II. During this time, Toyo Kogyo loaned out part of their headquarters to the Hiroshima prefecture. In the devastation that the atomic bomb caused, much reconstruction was needed for the city of Hiroshima. Until 1946, all functions of the prefecture office were transferred here.
Once the World War was settling behind them, the Toyo Kogyo Company restarted production of the tri-cycle Mazda-Go. By 1949, they were exporting this vehicles to India. In 1951, Jujiro Matsuda, the founder and standing president of the Toyo Kogyo Company stepped aside to become a chairman and Tsuneji Matsuda took over as president of the company. They company continued with production under the new Matsuda. Then, in 1958, the introduced another new vehicle, a 4-wheeled light truck called the Romper.
Now, the Toyo Kogyo Company has nowhere to go but up. With the World War behind them and expansion ahead, the company has nowhere to go but up. As we look forward to the 1960′s, we will begin to see a lot of growth for this company. Check back for this next piece of history from your dealer of Used Cars near Collinsville.