The Integrated Scheduled Production System was adopted by Mazda to deliver customers "fresher vehicles" straight off of the production line. It has been a decade since the introduction of this system in 2002. Suppliers, product development and production related divisions have made concerted efforts to reduce losses as much as possible, realizing a considerable shortening of production lead-time and reduction of environmental impact.
Demio (Mazda 2), a compact car; Roadster (MX-5), a sports car; MPV, a minivan; Bongo, a commercial vehicle; and even CX- 9, an SUV... A great variety of vehicles, of various sizes and models, are all aligned in a neat row upon one production line, flowing smoothly. Many who visit the Mazda plants are amazed at this sight.
Other companies have begun producing several models using one production line in recent years; however, a plant that produces compact cars, sports cars, minivans, and even commercial vehicles on a single production line is pretty rare.
What is even rarer is that these vehicles are being produced on schedule, in the order of delivery date.
Mazda began producing different models on a single production line back in 1959, at the beginning of its passenger vehicle production. To enable efficient production using one line, Mazda incorporated the production of passenger vehicles into the truck production line.
From then on, Mazda has been seeking structures that enable same-line production from the development stage of new vehicle models, and at the same time, has continued to improve upon the production facilities so as to realize higher quality and efficiency.