In August 2010, Mazda Motor Corporation confirmed that its Yamaguchi prefecture Hofu Plant No. 2 had produced to date a total of two million units of the Mazda6 or Mazda Atenza. This achievement follows Mazda’s similar success with the Mazda3, and marks the second fastest time Mazda had taken to sell that specific number of units for a model.
First manufactured in February 2002, the Mazda6 was in production for eight years and six months before it reached the 2-million-unit milestone. In addition, at the time of the announcement, Mazda’s cumulative production of the Mazda6 worldwide was at an impressive 164,000 units from January until August of 2010.
This is a 50% increase from January-August 2009. The Mazda6 has been poised for success ever since it was launched in 2002 as part of Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom brand. Customers have been highly pleased with the experience that they got from driving the otherwise sporty Mazda6 since the first-generation model. The mid-size unit garnered not only positive reviews, but it also received awards from all over the globe for various generations of the car.
One of the more than 130 accolades that the Mazda Atenza earned is the 2003 RJC Car of the Year Award from the Japanese award-giving body, and a five-star maximum rating for the European version of the Mazda6 from the Euro NCAP in 2009.
It’s only natural for car manufacturers to freshen up their most popular offerings. In particular, the Mazda6 received a facelift in 2007. The new Mazda6 now had more and better features in terms of safety and its emissions level compared to the first generation.
However, what people loved about the first generation of the Mazda6 was retained and even further improved with the makeover. The Hofu Plant No. 2 continues to produce units of the Mazda6, a role it retained since 2002. However, Mazda has expanded its production to two facilities overseas. One facility is in the United States, specifically at the AutoAlliance International Inc. plant in Michigan.
The second one is the FAW Car. Co. Ltd. facility located in Changchun, Jilin province in the People’s Republic of China. Mazda’s executive officer for R&D and Program Management Seita Kanai expressed his gratitude to the customers that eventually made it possible to reach the 2-million mark.
Kanai, who happened to have overseen the development of the first Mazda6, also acknowledged the Mazda6’s contribution to developing the company’s global brand. Consumers can continue to expect Mazda to create more cars similar to the Mazda6 – cars that offer exceptional driving experience, as well as safety and environmental features that can help ease every driver’s mind.