Mazda’s Hofu plant in Japan builds its 10 millionth car

August 28, 2013
  • All-new Mazda6 becomes the 10 millionth car made at Mazda’s Hofu, Japan, facility
  • Milestone achieved 30 years and 11 months after production first began
  • Line of 10 million cars would stretch from Japan to the UK and back again

Mazda has announced that total production at its Hofu facility in Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture, which builds the all-new Mazda6 and all-new Mazda3, has passed 10 million vehicles. The 10 millionth car (a Mazda6), came off the final assembly line yesterday (27 August), 30 years and 11 months after vehicle manufacturing first began at the Hofu Plant No 1. If placed end-to-end, a line of 10 million cars would stretch approximately 16,000 miles – all the way from Mazda’s headquarters in Hiroshima to London and back again. 

To mark this milestone in Mazda’s history, a special ceremony was held at Hofu Plant No 2, attended by Masamichi Kogai, Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO, and Nariaki Uchida, Executive Officer and General Manager of Hofu Plant, to witness the 10 millionth vehicle coming off the assembly line.

Speaking at the ceremony, Masamichi Kogai said; "The production of 10 million vehicles at Hofu Plant is a tremendous achievement, and we could not have done it without the support of our customers, our suppliers and other concerned parties, as well as that of the local community, the city of Hofu and Yamaguchi prefecture. On behalf of Mazda, allow me to express my deepest gratitude. We see this fantastic achievement not as a destination, but rather as a milestone on our road to further growth. Moving forward, we are committed to continue delivering fantastic products that delight our customers."

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.

Today, 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 (which will go on sale in the UK in January), and Hofu Plant No 2 makes the all-new Mazda6.

*Editor’s Note

History of Hofu Plant
Dec 1981: Operations begin at Nakanoseki district transmission plant.
Sep 1982: Full-scale vehicle production begins at Hofu Plant No. 1.
Apr 1986: Vehicle production at Hofu Plant reaches one million units.
Feb 1992: Vehicle production begins at Hofu Plant No. 2.
Jan 2002: Vehicle production at Hofu Plant reaches five million units.
Feb 2002: Production of first generation Mazda6 begins.
Jun 2003: Production of first generation Mazda3 begins.
Aug 2007: Production of second generation Mazda6 begins.
Nov 2008: Production of second generation Mazda3 begins.
Dec 2010: Transmission production at Hofu Plant reaches 30 million units.
Aug 2012: Production of third generation Mazda6 begins.
Jun 2013: Production of third generation Mazda3 begins.
Aug 2013: Vehicle production at Hofu Plant reaches 10 million units.

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