Production at Mazda’s Hofu factory in Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture has passed 10 million vehicles almost 31 years after the first model rolled off the line.
The 10 millionth car, a Mazda6, came off the final assembly line yesterday (27 August). If placed end-to-end, a line of 10m cars would stretch approximately 16,000 miles - all the way from Mazda's headquarters in Hiroshima to London and back again.
Masamichi Kogai, Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO, said: ”We see this fantastic achievement not as a destination, but rather as a milestone on our road to further growth.”
Full-scale production at Hofu Plant No 1 started in September 1982. The Hofu Plant No 2 began operating in February 1992 with a flexible-production capability for vehicle bodies and modular assembly systems on a mixed-model assembly line to best respond to changes in consumer demand.
The two plants manufacture Mazda's two most popular models and have a combined annual production capacity of 482,100 units. Currently, Hofu Plant No 1 produces the all-new Mazda3 and Plant No 2 makes the Mazda6
History of Hofu Plant
Operations begin at Nakanoseki district transmission plant.
Full-scale vehicle production begins at Hofu Plant No. 1.
Vehicle production at Hofu Plant reaches one million units.
Vehicle production begins at Hofu Plant No. 2.
Vehicle production at Hofu Plant reaches five million units.
Production of first generation Mazda6 begins.
Production of first generation Mazda3 begins.
Production of second generation Mazda6 begins.
Production of second generation Mazda3 begins.
Transmission production at Hofu Plant reaches 30 million units.
Production of third generation Mazda6 begins.
Production of third generation Mazda3 begins.
Vehicle production at Hofu Plant reaches 10 million units.