The production of Mazda3 began in 2003, and it instantly became a hit. So much so that seven years on, cumulative production of this car passes 3 million units.
This milestone was achieved in just seven years and ten months since production of the first-generation model commenced. That makes the 3 the fastest-selling Mazda model ever. That partly due to the qualities of a car which mainly includes amazingly fun drive for its price, great level of equipments, and interesting design, and partly because it is a truly global product. It s either produced or sold in over 90 countries around the globe.
The three-millionth Mazda3 was produced at the Hofu Plant. It is a Japanese-specification five-door hatchback with Mazda’s MZR-2.0L engine and i-stop, Mazda’s unique idling stop system.
Mazda’s senior managing executive officer in charge of R&D, Hirotaka Kanazawa, said, “The Mazda3 embodies all three elements of Mazda’s DNA: Distinctive Design, Exceptional Functionality, and Responsive Handling and Driving Performance. Its sustained global success has seen it grow into Mazda’s mainstay model, and it now comprises a third of all Mazda vehicle sales. Ever since the first-generation Mazda3 appeared on the market, it has evolved to stay relevant despite the major changes in the automobile industry. As well as carrying forward and strengthening Mazda’s brand DNA, it has evolved exceptional environmental and safety performance. As we celebrate reaching three million units, I would like to thank the millions of Mazda3 customers for their support and reaffirm Mazda’s commitment to delivering outstanding environmental and safety performance balanced with driving pleasure that goes beyond your expectations.”