Mazda’s compact model has been a real success for the Japanese automaker since the first generation Mazda3 has been introduced in 2003.
This milestone has been reached 12 years and 10 months after the company has started building the first generation of its compact car in mid-2003. It is only the second model produced by the Japanese automaker hitting the 5-million-unit mark after Mazda 323, which was made from 1963 to 2003. Mazda3 is an important piece of the company’s line-up, as it accounted for roughly one-third of global sales during the 2014-15 fiscal year, while around 700,000 units have been delivered to European customers.
Currently manufactured at the Hofu Plant in Japan, Changan Mazda Automobile in China, AutoAlliance Thailand, Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation and in Malaysia and Vietnam as well, the ongoing generation was launched in 2013 as a five-door hatchback and four-door sedan sitting on an entirely new platform. Mazda3 range has also recently made its debut on the old continent, getting a smaller 1.5-litre 105 horsepower diesel engine which was first revealed in December 2015.
Mazda is the most “emotional” automaker among the Japanese companies and Europeans welcomed the automaker’s philosophy. In the region, Mazda reported its 14th consecutive quarter of sales gains and the tenth double-digit increase in the past 12 quarters, with the recent surge mainly fuelled by the small CX-3 SUV.