Mazda has started building the next-gen Mazda6 10 years after the first generation rolled off the line in 2002. It also marks the 30th anniversary of the Hofu Plant, in the Nishinoura district, where the new Mazda6 is being made. Mazda targets to produce approximately 120,000 units per year.

The day also saw the first car coming off the line – a 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G Mazda6 wagon bound for Europe. It makes sense because other than its home country, Europe will see the launch of Mazda’s latest before the year ends. Other parts of the world will start to receive theirs in 2013, starting with USA. Worldwide premier of the Mazda6 will be held in Russia during the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012, in August. You can find more official photos of the Mazda6 here.