Mazda Motor Corporation, the small and independent Japanese automaker that gave us the MX-5/Miata roadster and the Skyactiv technology more recently, has celebrated a new milestone: 3 million Mazda6 produced globally.
The production mark was accomplished late last month and comes about 12 years and nine months since the first generation Mazda6 (Atenza in Japan) entered the assembly line – marking the second-fastest time it surpassed the threshold, after the best-selling Mazda3 (Mazda Axela in Japan) compact car. The first Mazda6 was built in February 2002 at Hofu Plant No. 2 in Yamaguchi, Japan.
Just as always, the Mazda6 mid-size car offers the company’s strengths – driving pleasure, the Zoom-Zoom brand message – all in a package that accommodates even large families. The model’s production is concentrated at Hofu Plant in Japan and FAW Car Co. Ltd. in China, while assembly work is also done at Mazda Sollers in Russia and Vina Mazda Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in Vietnam. Currently in its third generation, the Mazda6 was unveiled back in 2012 as an early promoter of the Skyactiv technology and Kodo Soul of Motion design language. For 2015 the time has come to see a refreshed Mazda6, entering its global markets starting with Japan and the United States.