From its base in Hiroshima, Japan, Mazda Motor Corporation manufactures a diverse line of passenger cars and commercial vehicles and is one of the largest employers in western Japan, with some 22,000 employees (March 2010).
In 2009, Mazda produced some 985,000 cars and trucks at its two production facilities in Japan: Hiroshima and Hofu. In addition, Mazda cars were produced in the United States at Michigan-based AutoAlliance International Inc. and at the AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) plant.
In addition to these production facilities, Mazda cars and trucks are also assembled in a number of other countries around the world and sold by some 398 sales companies, including 270 within Japan (as at 31 December 2009).
The Hiroshima and Hofu plants are two of the largest single-site automobile manufacturing plants with "mixed-model" capability in the world, with an annual combined production capacity of approximately 996,000 units.
In the US, AutoAlliance International Incorporated, a joint venture with Ford Motor Company, has a work force of about 2,700 (as of 31 December 2009) and an annual production capacity of approximately 240,000 vehicles.
In 1998, Mazda began production of its pickup truck at AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT), again a joint venture operation with Ford Motor Company. In July 2009, the AAT capability was extended through the opening of a new passenger car plant and today, the AAT plants produce almost 30,000 vehicles on an annual basis.
Today, Mazda product is exported to more than 150 countries around the world, with global annual sales of 1.16 million units (as of 31 December 2009).
Mazda is dedicated to developing vehicles that are distinctive and innovative, using the latest and most advanced technologies to satisfy the diverse needs of customers worldwide. To accomplish this, Mazda has created a global R&D network with operations in Japan, the United States, Germany and China.