Mazda Japan has commemorated 50 million vehicles built on domestic soil since the company’s first three-wheel pick-up rolled off the line way back in October 1931. This production milestone was celebrated at Mazda's Hofu plant in Yamaguchi, the lead facility for Mazda’s global vehicle production.

The brand says its recent success is linked to its 2016 decision to increase production-line flexibility for its CX-3 and CX-5 crossover vehicles. This, in turn, allowed for different vehicles to be produced on the same line and for production to conform to consumer demands.

Director Masamichi Kogai noted that Mazda is producing more than a million vehicles per year, a statistic the manufacturer is indeed proud of.

Mazda has since raised its sights and plans to sell 1,66 million vehicles over the 2018 fiscal year, furthermore seeking to establish a global production framework capable of doubling its manufacturing capacity to some two million units annually by the end of March 2024.