Mazda's Hofu plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture has now produced 7m cars 23 years and 10 months since manufacture of the Capella (626 for export) began in September 1982.

Hofu has complexes based in two manufacturing districts. Auto parts production in the Nakanoseki district began in 1981 and the current Hofu Plant No.1 (H1), located in the Nishinoura district, was constructed in 1982.

Capella/626 production started in September 1982 at H1. It is one of Mazda's major passenger vehicle production facilities, together with its Ujina plant, which is located near the company's headquarters in Hiroshima. In 1992, Hofu Plant No.2 (H2) was built in the Nishinoura district with a "people-friendly plant" concept (measures such as vehicles tilted on conveyors for easy access by assembly line workers) and production of the Eunos 500 (Xedos 6) began in February 1992.

The total combined production capacity of the H1 and H2 plants is approximately 394,000 units a year. Currently, Hofu plants produce the Atenza (6) and Axela (3), which are key models for Mazda. They have been operating at full capacity since May 2002, when Atenza production commenced.

In fiscal year 2004, Hofu produced 496,472 vehicles, the highest cumulative production volume in the history of the facility. In fiscal 2005, the second-highest production volume, 484,196 units, was achieved. Additionally, since 1981 the Nakanoseki district of the Hofu plant - which produces transmissions - has manufactured over 24m units so far.