All-new Mazda6 goes on the line

Mazda celebrates the start of production at its Hofu Plant

Published: August 2, 2012, 9:00 AM
Updated: July 7, 2020, 8:14 PM

2014 Mazda6 GT - front 3/4 view low

Mazda Motor Company held a ceremony to herald the start of production of the all-new Mazda6 (called Atenza in Japan) at its Hofa Plant No. 2, in Yamaguchi prefecture.

About 500 people including director and chairman of the board, president and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi, employees, executives, and a representative from the Mazda workers' union. The first vehicle off the line was a European-spec wagon with a SkyActiv-G 2.0 engine.

"I am deeply moved that production of the third-generation Mazda6, the flagship model of our new-generation vehciles, starts in such an important year for us," said Yamanouchi in his speech. "It is the 30-year anniversary of the start of operations here in the Nishinoura district of the Hofu Plant and the 10th anniversary of the start of production of the first-generation Mazda6, back in 2002."

The new Mazda6 is the first from the brand to be equipped with Mazda's i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system. A Russian-spec car will be the first to appear in public, at the Moscow auto show later this  month.