Mazda Motor Corporation reached a milestone as its Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan, rolled out the Japanese carmaker's three-millionth Mazda 3 unit.
The milestone unit is a Japanese-specification five-door hatchback with Mazda's 2.0-liter MZR engine that's equipped with the "i-stop" stop/start system and finished in Crystal White Pearl Mica.
This milestone was achieved in only seven years and ten months since production of the first-generation model started in 2004, making the Mazda 3 the fastest-selling model in the carmaker's current lineup of passenger vehicles.
The Mazda 3 is a true global model as it is produced in three locations globally--Mazda's Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan, the Changan Ford Mazda Automobile plant in Nanjing, China, and AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong, Thailand--and sold in around 90 countries and regions as of last year.
"The Mazda3 embodies the three elements of Mazda's DNA: Distinctive Design, Exceptional Functionality, and Responsive Handling and Driving Performance," said Mazda's senior managing executive officer in charge of research and development, Hirotaka Kanazawa. "Continued global success has seen it grow into Mazda's mainstay model, comprising a third of all Mazda vehicle sales. Since the first-generation model appeared on the market, it has responded to the major changes in the automobile industry by inheriting and strengthening Mazda's brand DNA while evolving exceptional environmental and safety performance. As the Mazda3 passes the three million-unit mark, I would like to thank every customer for their support, and reaffirm our commitment to delivering outstanding environmental and safety performance balanced with driving pleasure that goes beyond your expectations."
Now, if only Ford Group Philippines decides to bring in the all-new Mazda 3 sometime this year…