Three million Mazda3 models produced
The Mazda3 has reached three million productions units since 26 April 2011, it has been announced.
Mazda declared this landmark has been reached in just seven years and ten months since the first generation model first went into production.
This achievement makes the compact family car the fastest selling Mazda in the current line-up.
The Mazda3 is produced in three global locations. They are Mazda’s Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, which produces all models for Europe.
The Mazda3 is also produced in the Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) plant in Nanjing, China and AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) and sold in approximately 90 countries and regions.
In Britain, the Mazda3 has proved popular with many families since it first appeared in dealerships in 2004. The car accounted for almost a quarter of UK sales for Mazda in 2010, with 9,659 units sold.
In 2010 the Mazda3 took first place in the European compact car segment in a customer satisfaction study by J.D. Power.
Mazda’s Senior Managing Executive Officer in Research & Development, Hirotaka Kanazawa, explained: ‘The Mazda3 embodies three elements of Mazda’s DNA: Distinctive Design, Exceptional Functionality, and Responsive Handling and Driving Performance. Continued global success has seen it grow into Mazda’s mainstay model, comprising a third of all Mazda vehicle sales’.
Currently available with a range of three petrol and diesel engines, the Mazda3 is currently built in 16 specifications. In Britain it is build exclusively as a five-door hatchback model. On the road pricing starts from £14,755.