Mazda Motor Corporation recently held a commemorative ceremony at its Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi prefecture, to celebrate a production milestone in Japan of 50 million units, since the brand produced its first three-wheeled truck in October 1931.
“Mazda began making cars 86 years ago and now we’ve reached 50 million units of production in Japan. Even making one million cars a year, it would take 50 years to reach this milestone, showing just how long Mazda’s history is,” said President and CEO Masamichi Kogai at the ceremony.
Mazda’s journey as an automaker is one that began in 1931, when it started producing three-wheeled trucks in Hiroshima. In 1960, it went on to penetrate the passenger car market with the R360 Coupe micro-mini.
Mixed production lines capable of producing different models on a single line multiple models to be manufactured at low volumes, a breakthrough in the traditional trade-off between product variety and competitiveness and volume efficiency.
Mazda aims to sell 1,660,000 cars this year and plans to establish a global production framework capable of manufacturing two million units annually by fiscal year ending March 2024.