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2018 Mazda6 arrives at the LA Auto Show with major updates

Mazda has brought a refreshed version of its Mazda6 sedan at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in time for its debut this Friday. In this groundbreaking update, the midsize sedan not only receives a new turbocharged engine and excitingly new exterior but it even has a cool new interior to go with it.

The new 2.5 liter turbo four delivers an output of 250 horsepower (186 kilowatt) and 310 pound feet (420Nm) of torque while the newly enhanced exterior design has borrowed inspirations from the brand’s Vision Coupe Concept previewed earlier this year. Its interior is now offered with Mazda’s Signature trims including Ultra-Suede, Sen wood, and brown Nappa leather echoing Japan’s natural landscape.

The Mazda 6’s power boost is for the new SKYACTIVE- G 2.5 T engine that runs on a dynamic pressure turbo that can engage at steady rate between 25 and 50 mph via cylinder deactivation feature.

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2018 Mazda6 before its actual debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show

At the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, one of the cars that will be shown is the next generation Mazda6. The Japanese manufacturer is set to debut not the concept, but the final production version of the model that has thoroughly been re-engineered.

Now, we have here the very first teaser of the Mazda6 that shows the car’s exterior. Dressed in a bold and shiny red paint, it looks like it will retain the main characteristics of the current Mazda6, such as the muscular wheel arches and short overhangs. The one difference you would notice is probably the revised front end, just like that of the refreshed CX-5. This means that Mazda6 will come with a larger radiator grille that will be surrounded with a set of more aggressive headlights.

Moving into the cabin, there will be a reshaped center console, together with new controls for the climate system. These are the only changes that we could see in the photos, but there will likely be more that we do not know of just yet.

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Next generation Mazda6 may be getting an RWD platform

According to Japanese website Car Sensor, Mazda recently claimed that they might borrow a platform from Toyota, which they will use for the next generation Mazda6, so this can be given a rear-wheel drive option. But to make things even better, the chassis might underpin the production version of the RX-Vision concept as well.

As part of the move up market, the Japanese automaker will give the Mazda6 the rear wheel drive they are planning. But they will also change the design so it features a long nose and shorter front overhang, giving the sedan a more upscale look. As for the engine, the fourth generation Mazda6 will probably share the company’s Skyactiv X spark controlled compression engine, including the mild-hybrid system believed to be of the 48-volt flavour.

What’s very important for Mazda’s plan is to make sure that they continue to have a good relationship with Toyota. Currently, both automakers have entered a collaboration and they are developing a factory in the United States. They have also been sharing some commercial vehicles in Japan. Furthermore, both companies admit that sharing future platforms would be possible. The future Mazda6’s rear drive chassis will likely be the same as the future generation Lexus IS and GS, says Car Sensor.

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Diesel-powered Mazda6 is still on its way to the United States

It appears that Mazda didn’t abandon the idea of offering a diesel-powered Mazda6 in the United States. These words came from Jim O’Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, who said that the company is still very much committed to diesel and that they are still working on getting the performance aspects up to where they want them.

For those who don’t know, Mazda planned to offer the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D turbocharged petrol engine back in 2013 but the company struggled to meet the tailpipe emissions standards in the United States.

The diesel models that are available overseas, the diesel engine delivers between 140 and 173 hp, while peak torque is 280 and 310 lb-ft.

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At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda brought its facelifted 2016 Mazda6, an updated version of its stylish design that aims to fully respond to customer expectations. For this round’s updated, the 2016 Mazda6 Facelift arrives with a redesigned front grille, new headlamps, a new compact shark fin antenna as well as new LED taillights.

Moreover, the vehicle gets 19-inch aluminum wheels with a darker color for the high-gloss paint. Nine exterior colors will be available, including the new Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica.

The interior was updated too and the 2016 Mazda6 arrives with redesigned instrument panel and floor console, as well as the adoption of Mazda Connect, company’s next-generation car connectivity system and Electrical Parking Brake (EPB).

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Mazda is delaying the launch of its diesel-powered Mazda6 mid-sized sedan in the United States until the second quarter of 2014 due to delays in emissions testing. Robert Davis, senior vice president of US operations for Mazda North American Operations, disclosed to Mazda employees through a letter obtained by Automotive News that Mazda6 sedans -- powered by Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter turbodiesel -- will be rolled out to US showrooms in April 2014, instead of before the end of 2013.

Mazda later confirmed that the diesel launch of the sedan would be postponed until late-spring 2014, "to accommodate final emissions testing and certification." The delay will slow down Mazda's plan to become the only Japanese carmaker to sell a diesel-powered passenger car in the US.

Mazda opted to deviate from the current trend of launching plug-ins, hybrids and plug-in hybrids and instead chose to offer diesel-powered vehicles as a key part of its fuel economy strategy. In the letter, Davis said that final emissions certification testing on the powertrain is taking longer than Mazda expected.

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The all-new Mazda6 has gained a five-star safety rating in the latest Euro NCAP tests, making it one of the safest cars on the road in the United Kingdom. Mazda was able to achieve the safety feat by introducing innovations like the impact-absorbing SKYACTIV-Body technology. Following several crash tests, both the Mazda6 saloon and the tourer were able to achieve top marks in all four Euro NCAP categories.

The scores for the all-new Mazda6 were: adult occupant protection (92%), child occupant protection (77%), and safety assist systems (81%) – all exceeding the 80%, 60% and 65% thresholds required to gain a 5-Star rating overall.  Likewise, the all-new Mazda6 scored 66% for pedestrian safety, one of the best in Europe among vehicles tested in 2013.

Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director at Mazda UK, remarked that the SKYACTIV technology did not only make the all-new Mazda6 more powerful and more fuel efficient, it is also now lighter and stronger, thanks to ultra-high tensile steel that reinforce the body’s structures as well as its passive safety performance.

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After many years of being winless at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mazda finally stood at the podium at what is considered as the most famous racetrack in the world after the #70 SpeedSource Castrol Edge Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel piloted by Sylvain Tremblay won the GX class in the Grand-Am Brickyard Grand Prix.

The victory was the fifth consecutive win for the all-new Mazda6, allowing Mazda to take over the lead from after eight of 12 races in the GX manufacturers championship race.  Just like what has been happening this season, the Grand-Am Brickyard Grand Prix became a three-car battle between Mazda and Porsche, with both brands having their taste of the lead.

SpeedSource Mazda’s Tremblay took the lead with 47 laps remaining in the three hour race, and never gave it away afterwards.

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Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has disclosed the updated pricing for its 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan. The 2014 Mazda6 features i-ELOOP innovative regenerative engine braking system as well as the carmaker’s much-known SKYACTIV Technology. These features allow the Mazda6 to achieve best-in-class fuel economy with an EPA-rated 28 city/40 highway/32 combined mpg. 

A 2014 Mazda6 not equipped with i-ELOOP could still return class-leading highway fuel economy at 38 mpg. i-ELOOP, which name is derived from "Intelligent Energy Loop," is a capacitor-based regenerative engine braking system that transforms a vehicle's kinetic energy into electricity as it decelerates.

The electricity gained is then saved for later use to power all the vehicle's electrical components like audio systems, climate control and headlights.  This means that the vehicle’s engine would not have to consumer more fuel just to create electricity. This also means improved fuel economy without the need to sacrifice driving performance.

Read the entire article 2014 Mazda6 starts at $20,990 MSRP in North America

Who would think that buying an all-new Mazda6 would eventually result to receiving the vehicle for free? Kelly Moses of Wilmslow town in Cheshire probably never thought that he would get his pre-ordered £22,525 Mazda6 SE-L Tourer for free. Moses was declared as the winner of the Mazda6 Prize Draw competition, after pre-ordering his unit in December 2012.

The 45-year old chartered accountant said winning the draw was a “truly fantastic way to start the new year.” Moses remarked that he and his wife both agreed that the new Mazda6 is a very stylish car with tremendous visual appeal, especially when finished in Soul Red.

He disclosed that while he is pleased with their current Mazda6, they decided to replace it with the latest model after a quick test drive. He said the new model features a great interior and plenty of practicality to cater for the needs of his young family.  He quipped that is looking forward to collecting his free brand new Mazda6 from RRG Mazda later in the months.

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Pricing information for the all-new 2014 Mazda 6 has been announced at its consumer site. Destination charges are included in the $21,675 price tag of the base 6 with a 2.5-liter I-4 and a six-speed manual. The 2014 model is only $155 higher than the current Mazda 6. While this is not yet the official pricing list of the 2014 range, it’s expected that the base car has a starting price of below $22,000 and that the high-level Grand Touring is priced from $30,500.

It could be assumed that the price of the Grand Touring price tag is for a car equipped with the standard 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder that can deliver 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. In GT guise, it will likely only be available with a six-speed automatic transmission. The same powerplant will be used by the base car. However, buyers can choose between six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.

The added price for the Mazda 6 GT will probably go to features like larger wheels; a moonroof; heated side mirrors; automatic wipers, headlights, and climate control; leather-trimmed heated seats; a power driver’s seat; and an upgraded sound system. It’s likely that a mid-grade Touring model will be positioned between these two extremes. However, it hasn’t been announced yet what the prices are for the added 2014 Mazda 6 trims levels.

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The all-new 2014 Mazda 6 sedan will provide an optional diesel engine when it starts selling later this year. Mazda displayed its frugal new diesel engine in the international versions of the new 6 sedan but until today, it’s not sure if the engine will be available in the U.S. Earlier this year, Mazda made a pledge that it will later install the SkyActiv-D 2.2 diesel in an American vehicle but no specific car was named.

Automakers don’t frequently offer diesel engines to the market for different reasons, one of which is the Americans’ usual dislike for compression-ignition engines. However, Mazda executives made a public commitment to sell more diesel engines (as well as more upscale models) in the U.S.

By doing this, Mazda would further boost its fuel-economy qualifications. Mazda hasn’t yet confirmed how much the 2.2-liter turbodiesel inline-four in the U.S. produces, the European 6 can deliver 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque from this engine. Mazda offers it with a choice between manual and automatic transmissions with six forward speeds. Its fuel economy can easily meet or exceed the 40 mpg mark on the highway.

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Mazda introduced a new midsize sedan at the Moscow Auto Show. However, the specifications for the U.S. market will only be available at a later date. On the world debut, Mazda is set to unveil its engine options, including a 148-hp SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 189-hp 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G four cylinder.

We won’t know yet whether the brand will keep the 2012 model’s 272-hp 3.7-liter V6, which pushed its models to go further up the market. It has to be considered that since the outgoing generation Mazda6 was introduced, the preferences in the market have changed a lot. Currently, even cars such as the BMW 328i have shifted to a four-cylinder powerplant with a turbocharger.

Mazda executive Jim O’Sullivan said that SkyActiv technology will be used on all future Mazdas. Also, Mazda doesn’t offer a V6 in its new engine line so it’s possible that it will remove the option for this gas-guzzling engine. Mazda has also yet to announce the fate of the SkyActiv-D, the diesel version used in the Takeri concept which the car is heavily based on.

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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.

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Just a month before the third-generation Mazda6’s global debut at the upcoming Moscow auto show, Mazda Motor Corp. unveiled images of the vehicle in full-production sheet metal. Third-generation Mazda6 received a redesign to enable the carmaker to compete more fiercely in the key midsize sedan segment.

The redesigned 2014 Mazda6 is due to be rolled out early next year, and is targeted to compete against other redesigned vehicles in the segment like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. A source privy to Mazda's product plans told Automotive News that the U.S.-bound Mazda6 will be powered by a 2.5-liter, direct injection four-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Russia-bound Mazda6, meanwhile, will be powered by a base 2.0-liter direct injection engine. Mazda executives have disclosed they plan to endow the 2014 Mazda6 with the best-in-class fuel economy figures.  The current class leader in terms of fuel economy is the 2013 Nissan Altima, which returns 38 mpg on the highway.

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V6 engines were once favored over four cylinders because of their inherent power but Mazda and other automakers no longer practice this. Mazda will no longer install V-6 engines at its Mazda6 sedan for the third-generation 2014 model year in favor of the equally powerful and yet more fuel efficient four-cylinder engines.

According to spokesman Jeremy Barnes, auto manufacturers have been developing powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines, which are eyed to replace the V-6s in mid-sized sedans. The 2014 Mazda6 will feature Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, a combination of lightweight sporty chassis, high-compression direct-injection four-cylinder engines, new transmissions and others.

This resulted in a well-balanced co-existence of fuel economy and power, Barnes said in an e-mail. The present second-generation Mazda6 is being produced in the AutoAlliance International Inc. plant in Flat Rock, Mich., which is owned equally by Mazda and Ford Motor Co. The next-generation Mazda6, however, will be produced in Hiroshima, Japan and will arrive in the United States in the first quarter of 2012. 

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This spring in the UK, Mazda will be offering three ‘Venture Edition’ models of the Mazda6. These special versions, which have a starting price of £21,000 (OTR), are very stylish and offer great value for money. The three new Mazda6 Venture Edition models include petrol and diesel five-door and diesel estate models.

They are based on Mazda6 TS2 models. They come with additional equipment such as Sanyo TomTom navigation, integrated Bluetooth, half-leather seat trim and heated front seats. The exterior of the Venture Edition models are made to stand out with the Sports front grille, 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, Privacy glass and a special range of colors such as Brilliant Black and optional Crystal White Pearlescent, Black Mica or Stormy Blue Mica.

Mazda also offers Dolphin Grey Mica, which is unique to this version. The Mazda6 Venture Edition equipment upgrades and additional features are priced at just £340-to-£480 higher than the TS2 donor-cars (depending on model). Only 257 examples of the Mazda6 Venture Editions will be made, upping the exclusivity factor.

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At the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda has unveiled the new Takeri concept, which chief Takashi Yamanouchi says is a showcase for the potential of the Japanese manufacturer’s efficient new SkyActiv technology. Yamanouchi, the president and CEO of Mazda, said that the saloon concept, “embodies SkyActiv as efficient as a hybrid without any electrification.”

He added that the Takeri symbolizes what could be achieved with its plans. The Takeri is how Mazda visualizes the next-generation Mazda 6 saloon. When it goes into production, just the door handles, wheels, and wing mirrors would be different.

Expected to go on sale within 1.5 years, the next Mazda 6 is expected to benefit from the full series of SkyActiv Tech. It will feature new very efficient petrol and diesel engines, compact, lightweight automatic and manual transmissions, new suspension systems and a new modular steel platform. This technology is meant to permit Mazda to succeed as an independent car maker after it split from Ford.

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Mazda is developing another hybrid – proving just how much pressure automakers are in to raise their lineups’ fuel economy. Mazda’s test mule uses borrowed technology from Toyota. Mazda, which uses the “Zoom Zoom” slogan, had entered a licensing deal with Toyota last year.

However, only the hybrid tech will be sourced from Toyota as the agreement excludes its tuning, its internal-combustion engine, steering, or other chassis features. The gear lever in this 6 is borrowed from the Toyota Prius.

This car is expected to be launched in late 2012 or 2013. Aside from its unusual shifter, it also has an EV button, implying that this vehicle can offer some electric-only operation.

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Mazda has denied a report from a Japanese business newspaper that it has decided to stop selling the 6 sedan. Mazda told Car and Driver that it doesn’t intend to discontinue the model. In a recent interview, Mazda’s U.S. CEO Jim O’Sullivan said that the current 6 lineup would be around for the next several years.

He also said that there won’t be significant changes to the 6 within the next two years except for the addition of new four-cylinder SKYACTIV engine and transmissions.

There is no diesel planned for the 6 in the foreseeable future but there is one planned for another Mazda product (believed to be either the CX-5 or CX-9) within the next 18 months. It’s possible that the Mazda 6 won’t be produced at the company’s Flat Rock, Michigan, facility, anymore.

Read the entire article Mazda says it’s not canceling its slow-selling 6 sedan, despite reports