On May 15, Mazda reached a production milestone. The Hiroshima-based company has built 50 million cars since it began making its first road vehicles in October 1931. A small ceremony was held at the Hofu plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
The first Mazda to roll off the assembly line was a 3-wheeled truck. The company didn’t start building it’s first passenger car, the R360, until 1960. It has taken 86 years and seven months to reach the 50 million milestone.
“We began making automobiles 86 years ago from now and have achieved a cumulative total of domestic production of 50 million units,” a factory manager said (translated via Google). “Mazda will continue to build a strong brand through various initiatives and both Hofu and Hiroshima plants will continue to evolve and develop technology and skills.”
By comparison, Toyota started building vehicles in 1935 and reached its 50 millionth by January 1986, and that’s counting just Japan domestic production.