Milestones and goals are great things to strive for in life. Mazda just reached a pretty impressive one with their mid-size Mazda6. The two millionth example has just rolled off the assembly line. It took the Japanese automaker eight years and six months to get here.
Production began on the first generation Mazda6 back in 2002 and it served to give the Zoom-Zoom campaign a major push. That first-gen car was redesigned in 2007 (the changes arrived in the US in 2009) and a third generation will be arriving soon.
Take a look at the gallery and you can see that the why-so-serious mug has been toned down. The style is more mature without losing the subtle aggressiveness found in the rest of the lineup. The future looks bright for the Mazda6. Now if we can just get them to bring over the wagon and the Mazdaspeed6 we could push them to three million units even faster.
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HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the cumulative global production volume of the Mazda6 (known as Mazda Atenza in Japan) reached two million units at the end of August 2010. The Mazda6 reached this milestone in the eight years and six months since production of the first generation Mazda6 commenced in February 2002 at Mazda's Hofu Plant No. 2 in Yamaguchi prefecture. This achievement marks the second fastest time – after the Mazda3 – to produce two million units of one model since Mazda launched its new generation Zoom-Zoom product lineup in 2002.
Production of the first generation Mazda6 commenced in 2002, and it was the leadoff model in Mazda's new generation of products epitomizing the company's Zoom-Zoom brand message. The Mazda6 is a mid-size car which combines sporty styling with exceptional driving performance, and the first generation Mazda6 received high praise from many customers. Additionally, it has won over 130 global motoring prizes, including Japan's prestigious 2003 RJC Car of the Year award, in November 2002.
The Mazda6 was fully redesigned in 2007 in line with Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom evolution" concept by building on the strengths of the first generation model and taking them one step further, and its environmental and safety performance was significantly improved. In February 2009, the new Mazda6 European specification model was awarded the five-star maximum rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
2nd generation Mazda6/Mazda Atenza sedan (Japanese specification model)
The Mazda6 is currently being produced at Mazda's Hofu Plant No. 2 in Japan, at AutoAlliance International Inc. (AAI) in Michigan, USA, and at the FAW Car Co., Ltd. (FCC) facility in Changchun, Jilin province, China. Mazda6 global production volume during the January-August 2010 period was steady at approximately 164,000 units, almost a 50 percent increase over same period the previous year.
Seita Kanai, Mazda's senior managing executive officer in charge of R&D and Program Management said, "The Mazda6 is one of the core models which helped establish Mazda's brand image globally. 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."
Mazda will continue to make cars that look inviting to drive, are fun to drive and make you want to drive them again, cars that feature outstanding environmental and safety performance balanced with driving pleasure.
* (Euro NCAP) is an independent European car safety performance assessment program founded in 1997 and is composed of the transport authorities of European countries.
Timeline for the Mazda6 to reach two million units of production
First generation Mazda6
February 2002 Production begins at Hofu Plant No. 2
May 2002 Sales start in Europe and Japan
October 2002 Production begins at AutoAIliance International (AAI)
March 2003 Production begins at FAW Car Co., Ltd. (FCC) in Changchun
March 2004 Production of Mazda6 5-door Sports and Mazda6 Sport Wagon begins at AAI
February 2006 Reaches cumulative global production volume of one million units
Second generation Mazda6
August 2007 Production begins at Hofu Plant No. 2
October 2007 Sales start in Europe
January 2008 Sales start in Japan
July 2008 Production of models for North America starts at AAI
April 2009 Production of models for China (known as Mazda6 Ruiyi in China) started at FCC