Mazda3Japan – The cumulative total was reached in April, 12 years and ten months after the production launch of the first generation – a new record for the OEM. Known as the Axela in Japan, the model is Mazda's second to reach the 5m mark, after the Familia.

The Mazda3 is a key model for the carmaker, accounting for about one-third of its total sales. It is manufactured at Hofu Plant in Japan, Changan Mazda Automobile in China, AutoAlliance in Thailand and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation. The Mazda 3 is also assembled in Malaysia and Vietnam.