If you’re driving around in any year-model of the iconic Mazda3, pat yourself in the back for being one of the five million the automaker has produced since 2003.
Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the total production volume of the Mazda3 has hit the five million-unit mark at the end of April 2016 becoming only the second model to achieve this after the Familia.
But the Mazda3 reached this milestone the fastest at only twelve years and ten months since production of the model started in June 2003.
Already in its third generation, the Mazda incorporates the automaker’s latest innovation in design (KODO – Soul of Motion) and engineering (SkyActive) and is quite an important model for Mazda as it accounts for approximately one-third of the company’s annual sales volume.
It has won numerous awards around the world including Canadian Car of the Year’s Best New Small Car in 2013 and the international Red Dot Design Award in 2014. It was named a Top 3 Finalist for World Car of the Year and World Design Car of the Year in 2014.
The Mazda3 is manufactured in the Hofu Plant in Japan, Changan Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd., in China, AutoAlliance (Thailand) and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation in Mexico. It is also assembled in Malaysia and Vietnam.