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Mazda6
2003 Mazda 6 (GG) Classic hatchback (Australia)
Manufacturer Mazda
Also called Mazda Atenza (in Japan)
Production 2002-present
Assembly Hiroshima, Japan
Hofu, Japan
Flat Rock, Michigan (for NA)
Bogotá, Colombia (for SA)
Changchun, China (for China)
Rayong, Thailand[citation needed]
Predecessor Mazda 626/Capella
Class Mid-size car
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive

The Mazda6 or Mazda 6 (known as the Mazda Atenza in Japan) is a mid-size car produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Mazda since 2002. The Mazda6 has sold over one million units worldwide since its introduction, hitting that sales milestone faster than previous Mazdas.[1]

The Mazda6 was the first example of the company's new Stylish, Insightful, and Spirited design philosophy followed by the Mazda2 in December 2002, RX-8 in August 2003, Mazda3 in January 2004, Mazda5 in the summer of 2005, MX-5 in October 2005, and Mazda CX-7 in November 2006. The Mazda6 is the successor of Mazda 626, also known as Mazda Capella and Mazda Cronos. The 2002 Mazda6 is essentially the 4th generation Mazda 626 as the Mazda6 continues on the G-platform, progressing from the GF-platform 626/Capella to the GG-platform Mazda6.

The Mazda6 is currently raced in the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series. Mazda finished first in the manufacturer's championship standings.[2] Mazda6 drivers also finished first and second in the Touring Car driver points.[3]

Contents

First generation (2002–2007)

First generation
Mazda6-01.jpg
Production 2002-2007
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
5-door liftback
Platform Mazda GG platform
Engine(s) 1.8 L MZR I4 *L8
2.0 L MZR I4 *LF
2.3 L MZR I4 *L3
3.0 L MZI V6
2.0 L MZR-CD Diesel
* Denotes European Engine Code
Transmission(s) 4-speed Sport automatic
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 105.3 in (2675 mm)
Length Sedan and liftback: 4,745 mm (186.8 in)
Station wagon: 4,770 mm (187.8 in)
Width 1,781 mm (70.1 in)
Height Sedan and liftback: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Station wagon: 1,455 mm (57.3 in)
Related Ford Edge
Ford Fusion
Lincoln MKX
Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln Zephyr
Mazda CX-9
Mercury Milan

The model lineup consists of a four-door sedan, a five-door liftback and a five-door station wagon, marketed in North America as the "Sport Sedan", "5-Door" and "Sport Wagon", respectively. In Australia, the lineup starts with Limited, available only as a sedan. Then comes the Classic, available in sedan, hatch or wagon. The Luxury model is next available in sedan and hatch versions. Topping the range is the Luxury Sports model, available only as a hatch. In New Zealand the lineup consisted of 2.0L GLX (sedan only), 2.3L GSX (sedan, hatch, and wagon), and the range-topping 2.3L Limited (sedan and hatch).

When it arrived in North America, it was first sold as a 2003 model in the United States and as a 2004 model in Canada. In Europe, the luxury sports model was available as a 136 hp (101 kW) direct injection turbodiesel ("DITD") station wagon up until 2007. As of 2008, the European Mazda catalog lists only the "Sport" version of the 146 hp (109 kW) turbodiesel station wagon, while the "Luxury Sport" version has been dropped.

Drivetrain combinations include the Mazda MZR engine in configurations of 1.8 L (L8-DE), 2.0 L (LF-VE) and 2.3 L (L3-VE), initially with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission (with sequential-automatic option, dubbed the "Four-Speed Sport AT"). In the US domestic market a 3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 engine is also available with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic (with sequential-automatic option, dubbed the "5-Speed Sport AT"). European and Australian versions also feature a four-cylinder turbodiesel that comes with a six-speed manual transmission and produces significantly more torque than the V6 with much improved fuel economy.

In North America, the 5-speed automatic optional on the V6 models is replaced by an Aisin 6-speed automatic for 2005 model year. The four-cylinder model receives a Jatco five-speed automatic in the following year. Power is directed to the front wheels in most markets, although full-time all wheel drive models are available in Japan, Europe and Australia. Not all configurations are available in all areas - for example, the Mazda 6 as released in Australia is available in 2.3L four-cylinder guise only, while the 626 which it replaced was available with a choice of four or six-cylinder engines. The MZI V6 engine was only fitted to vehicles manufactured at Flat Rock, Michigan and destined for the US and Canadian domestic markets.

Just as before the Mazda 626 was renamed to Mazda6 Atenza, Ford continues to use the Mazda's G-series platform for the basis of a number of its CD3 platform coded vehicles, including the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Lincoln MKX, and a range of SUVs and minivans. Ford also plans to offer a hybrid powertrain on the platform. The official Mazda chassis codes are GG (sedan/hatch) and GY (wagon) series - following the 626/Capella in its GF/GW series.

Mazda's Hofu plants in Hiroshima, Japan produce the Mazda6 for international markets. In North America, Mazda 6 production is handled at the AutoAlliance International plant which is a joint venture between Ford and Mazda. The first Mazda 6 rolled off this Flat Rock, Michigan assembly line on October 1, 2002, one month after 626 production ended. There are also satellite plants building Mazda 6 models in China and Thailand for their respective local markets.

In September 2005, all Australian Mazda 6's received a facelift which included a feature upgrade, 5 speed auto and 6 speed manual transmissions, standard 16" or 17" alloy wheels and minor bodywork upgrades.

In China, the Mazda6 is used as the base for the FAW Benteng, also known as Besturn or Hongqi C301, manufactured by the First Automobile Works in Jilin Province.

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Gallery

Mazdaspeed6

Mazda Mazdaspeed6

The 2006 Mazdaspeed Atenza (known as Mazdaspeed6 in North America and Mazda 6 MPS in Europe and Australia) is a high-performance version of the Mazda 6. It features a turbocharged version of the 2.3 L MZR I4 which produces 272 PS (200 kW) (European version is detuned to 260 PS (191 kW); the North American version, at 274 hp (204 kW), revised to 270 hp (200 kW) for 2007). All models have 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque. This 2.3 L DISI turbocharged engine features direct fuel injection and conforms to the new Euro 5 emissions standards. It has a revised front fascia with a raised hood, a 6-speed transmission, and four-wheel drive. The all wheel drive system uses Mazda's Active Torque Split computer-based control which routes up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels depending on driving conditions. The Mazdaspeed Atenza competed with the Subaru Legacy GT and less directly with the compact Subaru Impreza WRX STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Originally scheduled to be launched in June 2005, the Mazdaspeed Atenza was delayed until November. In North America, the Mazdaspeed6 comes in two trim levels; the "Sport" trim with cloth interior and standard key entry and ignition; and the "Grand Touring" trim with leather interior, keyless entry/ignition, and an optional DVD navigation. Automatic climate control is standard, as is a 200 W Bose stereo system featuring seven speakers and a 9 inch subwoofer in addition to an in-dash six-disc CD changer. A sunroof with moonroof feature is optional on the Grand Touring trim.

Car and Driver magazine has achieved a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds for this vehicle.

Awards

The Mazda6 was second place European Car of the Year and made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 2003. The Sport Wagon won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Station Wagon award, while the Sport sedan won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Family Car award for 2005. The Atenza Wagon also won What Car?'s Best Estate award in 2004.

The Mazda6 won the 'Best Mid-size Car (over $28,000)' title in Australia's Best Cars in 2002 and 2003. It came second in 2004, behind the Subaru Liberty, and fifth in 2005 (the Honda Accord Euro was first in 2005). Wheels magazine also awarded the Mazda6 winner of its Active Safety Program in July 2005. In December 2007 in Australia the Mazda6 won the Carsales Peoples Choice award for its class.

The Mazda 6 was praised for its edgy handsome design, communicative steering and tight suspension. However, as it was designed as a world car in order to fit the needs of Europe and Japan, it was smaller than its North American contemporaries in the midsize segment, being criticized for its reduced passenger space. Its acceleration, particularly the V6 engine models, lagged behind that of its rivals as well. [4]

As one of the few midsize vehicles to offer a wagon and hatchback, these models retained the good driving characteristics of the sedan while providing additional cargo versatility. The hatchback's liftback/notchback styling was considered a clever design to disguise it as a four-door sedan, as North Americans generally considered trunks more elegant than hatches. The wagon had an early demise but the hatchback was somewhat successful in Canada, especially in Quebec, though it would not have a 2009 refresh, as both models were unpopular in the US. [5]

2nd generation

Second generation
2009 Mazda6 i Touring sedan (non-US)
Also called Mazda6 Ruiyi
Mazda6 Ultra
Production 2008-present
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door liftback
5-door station wagon
Platform Mazda GH chassis
Engine(s) 1.8 L MZR I4
2.0 L MZR I4
2.5 L MZR I4
3.7 L MZI V6
2.0 L MZR-CD
2.2 L MZR-CD
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,725 mm (107.3 in)
North America: 109.8 in (2789 mm)
Length Sedan and liftback: 4,735 mm (186.4 in)
Station wagon: 4,765 mm (187.6 in)
North America: 193.7 in (4920 mm)
Width 1,795 mm (70.7 in)
North America: 72.4 in (1839 mm)
Height Sedan and liftback: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Station wagon: 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
North America: 57.9 in (1471 mm)

The Mazda6 second generation made its premiere at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.[6][7]

The new Mazda6 is based on the Mazda GH chassis platform, a revised version of the GG chassis which Ford also still uses as their CD3 platform. Mazda continues to provide three body styles, including 4-door saloon (sedan), 5-door hatchback and wagon. Despite the North American version's increase in dimensions, Mazda maintains that the 6 retains the overall driving experience is still sportier than rivaling Accords, Camrys, or Malibus. A number of journalists have already praised its electrically assisted steering for being considerably improved compared to the last generation, providing more feedback to the driver. The hatchback model even has a boot space which beats the larger rival Ford Mondeo/Opel Insignia (hatchback) by 200 liters with rear seats folded down. For the North American market, only a sedan model will be available. Unfortunately for fans and owners of the Mazdaspeed 6, the North American Mazda 6 will not be gifted a new Mazdaspeed. Early reviews have been favorable.[8]

The North American version was redesigned for the 2009 model year. It is larger than the standard version and offers larger engines. Mazda North American Operations finally followed the current trend of offering a larger sedan in North America compared to the international version, and the company believes the new car will strengthen the model significantly in North America. Reviewers have noted its coupe-like roofline and sportier style.[9][10][11][12] North American engine choices include a new 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and North American versions get the 3.7 liter V6 which is also available in the Mazda CX-9.[13] Motortrend recorded a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.1 seconds for the Mazda 6 V6.[14]

Racing

The Mazda 6 is currently used in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car class. This year, they finished 2nd in the manufacturer's championship with 65 points, behind Acura.[15] In 2007, Mazda won its first manufacturers championship in the class.[16]

The Mazda 6 is also used in the KONI Challenge Series Sport Touring class. It is currently used by the Baglieracing team with Dennis Baglier, Chris Gleason, and Marty Luffy as drivers.[17]

References

  1. ^ Neff, John (2006-03-17). "autoblog.com". autoblog.com. http://www.autoblog.com/2006/03/17/mazda-makes-millionth-mazda6/. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  2. ^ SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge - Points - Retrieved 26 December 2007
  3. ^ SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge - Drivers Points - Retrieved 26 December 2007
  4. ^ "Mazda 6 Overview". Edmunds.com. http://www.edmunds.com/mazda/mazda6/review.html. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  5. ^ "canadiandriver.com". canadiandriver.com. 2008-07-28. http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/pw/2009-mazda6.php. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  6. ^ Spinelli, Mike (2007-09-06). "jalopnik.com". jalopnik.com. http://jalopnik.com/cars/frankfurt-auto-show/mazda6-images-hit-the-net-ahead-of-frankfurt-unveiling-296946.php. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  7. ^ km77.com. "km77.com". km77.com. http://www.km77.com/00/mazda/6/t01.asp. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  8. ^ "2009 Mazda 6 vs. 2008 Honda Accord vs. 2008 Nissan Altima". Edmunds.com. 2008-09-07. http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=131667?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..2. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  9. ^ Henry, Jim. "industry.bnet.com". industry.bnet.com. http://industry.bnet.com/auto/1000208/mazda-will-try-try-again-with-new-mazda6/. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  10. ^ freep.com
  11. ^ "auto123.com". auto123.com. 2008-07-24. http://www.auto123.com/en/mazda/6/2009/review?carid=1093900400&artid=99650. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  12. ^ "wheels.ca". wheels.ca. 2008-07-26. http://www.wheels.ca/article/312154. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  13. ^ Mazda Announces 2009 Mazda6 - Retrieved 26 April 2008
  14. ^ Motor Trend 2009 Car of the Year Finalist - Retrieved 25 October 2009
  15. ^ "SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge - Points". World-challenge.com. http://www.world-challenge.com/events/points.php. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  16. ^ "SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge - Series History". World-challenge.com. http://www.world-challenge.com/series.php?page=history. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  17. ^ "Event Entry List". Grand-am.com. 2008-02-25. http://grand-am.com/koni/schedule/entrylist.cfm?eid=32. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 

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Mazda Atenza
Manufacturer Mazda
AutoAlliance International
Also called Mazda 6
Production 2002-present
Assembly Hiroshima, Japan
Hofu, Japan
Flat Rock, Michigan (for NA)
Bogotá, Colombia (for SA)
Changchun, China (for China)
Rayong, Thailand (for Thailand)
Predecessor Mazda 626/Capella/Millenia
Class Mid-size car
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive

The Mazda Atenza or Mazda 6 is a mid-size car produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Mazda since 2002. The name Atenza is used only in Japan with the Mazda 6 moniker used everywhere else in the world. The Atenza/Mazda 6 replaced the Capella/626, and has sold over one million units worldwide since its introduction, hitting that sales milestone faster than previous Mazdas.[1]

The Mazda Atenza was the first of the new generation of 'Stylish', 'Insightful', and 'Spirited' range from Mazda. It was followed by the Mazda 2 in December 2002, RX-8 in August 2003, Mazda3 in January 2004, Mazda5 in the summer of 2005, MX-5 in October 2005, and Mazda CX-7 in November 2006.

The Mazda Atenza is currently raced in the SCCAPro Racing Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series. Mazda finished first in the manufacturer's championship standings.[2] Mazda Atenza/6 drivers also finished first and second in the Touring Car driver points.[3]

Contents

First generation (2002–2008)

First generation
Production 2002-2008
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
5-door liftback
Platform Ford CD3 platform
Engine(s) 1.8 L MZR I4 *L8
2.0 L MZR I4 *LF
2.3 L MZR I4 *L3
3.0 L MZI V6
2.0 L MZR-CD Diesel
* Denotes European Engine Code
Transmission(s) 4-speed Sport automatic
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 105.3 in (2675 mm)
Length Sedan and liftback: 4745 mm (186.8 in)
Station wagon: 4770 mm (187.8 in)
Width 1781 mm (70.1 in)
Height Sedan and liftback: 1440 mm (56.7 in)
Station wagon: 1455 mm (57.3 in)
Related Ford Edge
Ford Fusion
Lincoln MKX
Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln Zephyr
Mazda CX-9
Mercury Milan

The model lineup consists of a four-door sedan, a five-door liftback and a five-door station wagon, marketed in North America as the "Sport Sedan", "5-Door" and "Sport Wagon", respectively. In Australia, the lineup starts with Limited, available only as a sedan. Then comes the Classic, available in sedan, hatch or wagon. The Luxury model is next available in sedan and hatch versions. Topping the range is the Luxury Sports model, available only as a hatch. In New Zealand the lineup consisted of 2.0L GLX (sedan only), 2.3L GSX (sedan, hatch, and wagon), and the range-topping 2.3L Limited (sedan and hatch).

When it arrived in North America, it was first sold as a 2003 model in the United States and as a 2004 model in Canada. In Europe, the luxury sports model was available as a 136 hp (101 kW) direct injection turbodiesel ("DITD") station wagon up until 2007. As of 2008, the European Mazda catalog lists only the "Sport" version of the 146 hp (109 kW) turbodiesel station wagon, while the "Luxury Sport" version has been dropped.

Drivetrain combinations include the Mazda MZR engine in configurations of 1.8 L(L8 European Model), 2.0 L(LF European Model) and 2.3 L(L3 European Model), initially with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission (with sequential-automatic option, dubbed the "Four-Speed Sport AT"). In the US domestic market a 3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 engine is also available with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic (with sequential-automatic option, dubbed the "5-Speed Sport AT"). European and Australian versions also feature a four-cylinder turbodiesel that comes with a six-speed manual transmission and produces significantly more torque than the V6 with much improved fuel economy.

In North America, the 5-speed automatic optional on the V6 models is replaced by a 6-speed automatic from Ford for 2005 model year. The four-cylinder model receives a five-speed automatic in the following year. Power is directed to the front wheels only in most markets, although full-time all wheel drive models are available in Japan, Europe and Australia. Not all configurations are available in all areas - for example, the Mazda 6 as released in Australia is available in 2.3L four-cylinder guise only, while the 626 which it replaced was available with a choice of four or six-cylinder engines. This was due to the Australian Mazda6 being sourced from Japan where the V6 engine was not available. The Duratec 30 V6 engine fitted to vehicles manufactured at Flat Rock, Michigan is only available in the US and Canadian domestic markets.

Like the 626 before it, Ford is using the Atenza's CD3 platform as the basis for a number of other vehicles, including the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Lincoln MKX, and a range of SUVs and minivans. Ford also plans to offer a hybrid powertrain on the platform. For its part, Mazda themselves refer to this chassis as either the GG (sedan/hatch) or GY (wagon) series - following the previous 626/Capella in its GF/GW series.

North American Mazda 6 production is handled at the AutoAlliance International plant which is a joint venture between Ford and Mazda. The first Mazda 6 rolled off this Flat Rock, Michigan assembly line on October 1, 2002, one month after 626 production ended. Hofu plants in Hiroshima produce the Mazda 6 for Europe and some Asian markets, including Australia. There are also satellite plants building Mazda 6 models in China and Thailand for their respective local markets. (Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda.)

In September 2005, all Australian Mazda 6's received a facelift which included a feature upgrade, 5 speed auto and 6 speed manual transmissions, standard 16" or 17" alloy wheels and minor bodywork upgrades.

In China, the Mazda Atenza is used as the base for the FAW Benteng, also known as Besturn or Hongqi C301, manufactured by the First Automobile Works in Jilin Province.

Gallery

Mazdaspeed 6

The 2006 Mazdaspeed Atenza (known as MAZDASPEED6 in North America and Mazda 6 MPS in Europe and Australia) is a high-performance version of the Mazda 6. It features a turbocharged version of the 2.3 L MZR I4 which produces 272 PS (200 kW) (European version is detuned to 260 PS (191 kW); the North American version, at 274 hp (204 kW), revised to 270 hp (200 kW) for 2007). All models have Template:Convert/lbft of torque. This 2.3 L DISI turbocharged engine features direct fuel injection and conforms to the new Euro 5 emissions standards. It has a revised front fascia with a raised hood, a 6-speed transmission, and four-wheel drive. The all wheel drive system uses Mazda's Active Torque Split computer-based control which routes up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels depending on driving conditions. The Mazdaspeed Atenza competed with the Subaru Legacy GT and less directly with the compact Subaru Impreza WRX STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Originally scheduled to be launched in June 2005, the Mazdaspeed Atenza was delayed until November. In North America, the MAZDASPEED 6 comes in two trim levels; the "Sport" trim with cloth interior and standard key entry and ignition; and the "Grand Touring" trim with leather interior, keyless entry/ignition, and an optional DVD navigation. Automatic climate control is standard, as is a 200 W Bose stereo system featuring seven speakers and a 9 inch subwoofer in addition to an in-dash six-disc CD changer. A sunroof with moonroof feature is optional on the Grand Touring trim.

Car and Driver magazine has achieved a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds for this vehicle.

Awards

The Mazda 6 was second place European Car of the Year and made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 2003. The Sport Wagon won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Station Wagon award, while the Sport sedan won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Family Car award for 2005. The Atenza Wagon also won What Car?'s Best Estate award in 2004.

The Mazda 6 won the 'Best Mid-size Car (over $28,000)' title in Australia's Best Cars in 2002 and 2003. It came second in 2004, behind the Subaru Liberty, and fifth in 2005 (the Honda Accord Euro was first in 2005). Wheels magazine also awarded the Mazda 6 winner of its Active Safety Program in July 2005. In December 2007 in Australia the Mazda6 won the Carsales Peoples Choice award for it class.

The Mazda 6 was praised for its edgy handsome design, communicative steering and tight suspension. However, as it was designed as a world car in order to fit the needs of Europe and Japan, it was smaller than its North American contemporaries in the midsize segment, being criticized for its reduced passenger space. Its acceleration, particularly the V6 engine models, lagged behind that of its rivals as well. [1]

As one of the few midsize vehicles to offer a wagon and hatchback, these models retained the good driving characteristics of the sedan while providing additional cargo versatility. The hatchback's liftback/notchback styling was considered a clever design to disguise it as a four-door sedan, as North Americans generally considered trunks more elegant than hatches. The wagon had an early demise but the hatchback was somewhat successful in Canada, especially in Quebec, though it would not have a 2009 refresh, as both models were unpopular in the US. [2]

2nd generation

Second generation
Production 2009-present
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door liftback
5-door station wagon
Platform Ford CD3 platform
Engine(s) 1.8 L MZR I4
2.0 L MZR I4
2.5 L MZR I4
3.7 L MZI V6
2.0 L MZR-CD
2.2 L MZR-CD
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2725 mm (107.3 in)
North America: 109.8 in (2789 mm)
Length Sedan and liftback: 4735 mm (186.4 in)
Station wagon: 4765 mm (187.6 in)
North America: 193.7 in (4920 mm)
Width 1795 mm (70.7 in)
North America: 72.4 in (1839 mm)
Height Sedan and liftback: 1440 mm (56.7 in)
Station wagon: 1490 mm (58.7 in)
North America: 57.9 in (1471 mm)

The Mazda6 second generation made its premiere at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.[3][4] The North American version was redesigned for the 2009 model year. It is larger than the standard version and offers larger engines. Mazda followed Honda's strategy in offering a larger sedan in North America compared to the overseas version, and the company believes the new car will strengthen the brand significantly. Reviewers have noted its coupe-like roofline and sportier style.[5][6][7][8] North American engine choices include a new 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and North American versions get the 3.7 liter V6 which is also available in the Mazda CX-9.[9]

The new Atenza is still based on the Ford CD3 platform and continues to provide three bodies, including 4-door saloon (sedan), 5-door hatchback and wagon. Despite the North American version's increase in dimensions, Mazda maintains that the 6 retains the overall driving experience is still sportier than rivaling Accords, Camrys, or Malibus. A number of journalists have already praised its electrically assisted steering for being considerably improved compared to the last generation, providing more feedback to the driver. The hatchback model even has a boot space which beats the larger rival Ford Mondeo (hatchback) by 200 liters with rear seats folded down. For the North American market, only a sedan model will be available. Unfortunately for fans and owners of the Mazdaspeed 6, the North American Mazda 6 will not be gifted a new Mazdaspeed. Early reviews have been favorable.[10]

Racing

The Mazda 6 is currently used in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car class. This year, they are currently 3rd in the manufacturer's championship with 5 points, behind BMW and Acura in the standings.[1] In 2007, Mazda won its first manufacturers championship in the class.[2]

The Mazda 6 is also used in the KONI Challenge Series Sport Touring class. It is currently used by the Baglieracing team with Dennis Baglier, Chris Gleason, and Marty Luffy as drivers.[3]

References

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