Mazda's Hofu manufacturing facility in Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture has recently produced its 10 millionth unit, a Mazda 6, 30 years and 11 months after vehicle production commenced at Hofu Plant No. 1.
Production at what is now known as Hofu Plant No. 1 started in September 1982, while Hofu Plant No. 2 became operational 10 years later in February 1992. Combined, the two plants currently have an annual production capacity of 482,100 units.
Currently, Hofu Plant No. 1 produces the all-new Mazda 3, which will officially go on sale globally later this year, while Hofu Plant No. 2 makes the Mazda 6, "which is enjoying strong sales around the globe."
"The production of 10 million vehicles at Hofu Plant is a tremendous achievement, and we could not have done it without the support of our customers, our suppliers and other concerned parties, as well as that of the local community, the city of Hofu and Yamaguchi prefecture," said Mazda president and chief executive Masamichi Kogai. "On behalf of Mazda, allow me to express my deepest gratitude. We see this fantastic achievement not as a destination, but rather as a milestone on our road to further growth. Moving forward, we are committed to delivering fantastic products that delight our customers."