The first passenger car produced by Mazda was the R360 Coupe micro-mini from the 1960s. Targeting Japan’s kei car segment, it came in the form of a two-door, four-seat coupé with a wheelbase of only 69 inches (1753 mm) and a weight of 838 lb (380 kg).
“Mazda began making cars 86 years ago, and now we’ve reached 50 million units of production in Japan. Even making 1 million cars a year, it would take 50 years to reach this milestone, showing just how long Mazda’s history is,” said the company’s CEO Masamichi Kogai.
“I’d like us all to work together to ensure these plants continue to embody the kind of technical prowess that does justice to Japan’s proud history of Monotsukuri.”
The carmaker follows the ascending trend of the market and is currently selling a revised lineup of cars that appeals to customers worldwide. The increased interest in the brand prompted the carmaker into hoping they would sell 1,660,000 units in the 2018-2019 fiscal year alone.
And the plans do not stop there. By 2024, a major increase in output is projected, bringing the total to two million units produced annually. To support that increase, Mazda plans to completely revamp its global production approach.
In 2019, the carmaker plans to start manufacturing a new generation of cars, bringing both new powertrains and design to the market.
Currently, the carmaker operates two facilities in Japan, one in the hometown of Hiroshima and the other in Hofu.