The next-generation Mazda6 mid-sized sedan has started production in Japan. From official photos of the launch, we see that the production version has retained the sleek, sculpted lines of the Takeri concept seen at the Tokyo auto show last year. This year, the new Mazda6 will start selling in Europe and Japan. It will start to arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2013.
The car is expected to make its debut on August 29 at the Moscow auto show. Mazda hopes to produce 120,000 Mazda6 units annually at its Hofu plant in southwestern Japan. Building the mid-sized sedan abroad is being frowned on by the AutoAlliance International Inc., an assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, owned jointly with Ford since 1985.
Mazda is consolidating production of its third-generation successor in Japan. At the Aug. 2 ceremony, Mazda rolled out the first vehicle from the Hofu line. This is a red Mazda6 wagon produced to European specifications and powered by Mazda's new Skyactiv 2.0-liter gasoline engine. There’s a profile photo of this car being draped in silver and gold garland.
We can see the bulging front and rear fenders of the concept as well as the narrow greenhouse that provides a sporty appearance.
The next-generation Mazda6 is the second model to take on Mazda’s new design language, dubbed kodo, which is Japanese for "soul of motion." Elements like the grille, the car's cab-rearward proportions and muscular fenders were introduced on the Mazda CX-5 crossover that started selling in April.
Mazda’s Takeri concept car, which was first introduced at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, gave birth to a mass production model called the Mazda 6.
According to Chief Designer Akira Tamatani, the new Mazda 6 boasts a robust framework as well as a low, wide stance that conveys stability and strength and that creates the impression of excellent vitality. And it does so without taking away from its beautiful form and universal aesthetic appeal. Tamatani said that they have come up with a design wherein the dynamic and wild expressions of motion aesthetically realize a powerful presence. Just looking at the car already heightens your expectations about the kind of driving experience it delivers even before you actually ride in it.
The Mazda 6’s exterior design conveys dignity, a sporty flare, and an animalistic tenacity through its powerful and smooth physique. Its coordinated interior, in lovely keynote black, is chic and contemporary, while also displaying a sense of timeless luxury and quality.
Its front view incorporates a 'signature wing' into a deeply sculpted face. Meanwhile, the hood creases extend starting from the signature wing’s tips through the body character lines. They complement the body’s overall dynamic form together with the nose’s solid design.
Additionally, 3 character lines dominate the A6’s side view. These consist of an elegant line extending forward from the car’s rear tire, a front fender line that denotes strong shoulders that support nimble forefeet, and a rear fender line that suggest a driving force from the hind quarter. These lines combine to capture a predator form that’s crouched and ready to pounce in an explosive movement.