Mazda Motor Corporation announced that its global production of the Mazda 3 (the Axela) has reached the five-million unit mark as of April 30, 2016.
It accompanies the Familia as Mazdaâ€™s second model ever to reach this milestone, achieving the feat in a record time of 12 years and 10 months after its production began back in June 2003.
The Mazda 3 is the automakerâ€™s top-of-the-line model, accumulating nearly 30% of Mazdaâ€™s annual sales. Along with its Hofu plant (Hofu, Yamaguchi), the Mazda 3 is produced at Changan Mazda Automobile (China), AutoAlliance (Thailand) and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (Mexico), and is also locally assembled in Malaysia and Vietnam.
The current Mazda 3 represents a new generation and was established with Mazdaâ€™s SKYACTIV technology and Kodo â€“ Soul of Motion design theme throughout the vehicle when it underwent a major overhaul in 2013. In addition to receiving the Red Dot Design award in 2014, the Mazda 3 has been highly rated, being selected as one of the top three finalists for the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards.