We all know that Mazda’s meal ticket in the auto industry is the new MX-5 Roadster, but what a lot of people don’t know is that the Mazda3, not the MX-5, is the brand’s fastest-selling vehicle of all time.
Coming in second is the Mazda6, which is quite a seller itself. Maybe not to the level of the Mazda3, but in-demand enough that the brand recently celebrated the 2 millionth Mazda6 ever built by the company. What’s more impressive? The company took only eight-and-something years to achieve the milestone number.
The car was launched back in 2002 at the company’s Hofu Plant No. 2 in Japan, and after a little under nine years, car number 2 million left the production block late last month.
Accoding to Seita Kanai, the company’s senior managing executive officer and head of R&D and Program Management, the Mazda6 was instrumental in bringing global recognition to a Japanese brand that, for the longest time, found it difficult to move out of the shadow cast by its more prominent Japanese peers, Toyota and Honda. "The Mazda6 is one of the core models which helped establish Mazda’s brand image globally,” he said.
“I was the first generation model’s development program manager, and I still have a special fondness for this terrific car. I’m grateful to the two million-plus customers around the world who have purchased a Mazda6. I would like to say thank you to each and every customer."
Congratulations to Mazda for achieving quite a milestone. Here’s to hoping that car number three million will come a lot sooner.