The Mazda6 has proven itself to be much loved by selling its one millionth unit in late February. That’s four years and one month after the first Mazda6 rolled off the line at Mazda’s Hofu No. 2 plant in February of 2002. That’s also the fastest any Mazda vehicle has achieved the million mark.

U.S. production of the Mazda6 (known as the Atenza in Japan) began in October of 2002 at a joint venture plant in Michigan that’s shared with Ford. In January of 2006 the Mazda6 also began rolling off the line at a new assembly plant in Jilil Province, China.

Considering the competitiveness of the segment in which the Mazda6 competes and that it’s doing so on a global scale with minimal modifications, it’s clear Mazda has created a true “world car” that’s the envy of many automakers at the moment.

[Source: Mazda]