Mazda Motor Corporation began life as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co, and formally adopted the Mazda name in 1984. After encountering financial problems, Mazda embarked on a relationship with the Ford Motor Company, which took a seven per cent stake in 1979, rising to 33.3 per cent by 1996. However, under the leadership of Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Ford divested its stake in Mazda, and cut production and development ties.
Hill posts warning in Mazda
By NORIDEEN KITCHELL
HONG Kong-based Singaporean Peter Hill sounded a warning he will take a ton of beating in the Mazda Championship with a convincing first round victory at the Hong Kong Cricket Club last night.
Hill took slightly more than 30 minutes to crush fourth-seeded local player Andrew Shum Siu-chung 15-10, 15-5, 15-11.
''I'm getting better with every match but the competition is tough,'' 30-year-old Hill said.
Swedish qualifier Andrew Thoren pulled off the biggest upset of the day when he came back from one-game down to stop top-seeded New Zealander Glen Wilson 13-15, 15-8, 15-13, 15-11.
Another qualifier to advance was Australia's John Goodchild, who stopped eighth-ranked Daniel Sharplin of Sweden 15-13, 15-17, 15-10, 15-9.
Two others seeds to fall were number five Nathan Gallagher of Australia and number seven Dominic Preece of England.
, beaten by Scotland's Martin Heath and New Zealand's Wayne Werder respectively.