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.
He added that the all-new Mazda6 also features driver-supporting active safety technology that helps prevent accidents or reduces their gravity of unavoidable impacts. The all-new Mazda6 is the fourth Mazda to receive a 5-Star rating from Euro NCAP under the strict new scoring system introduced in 2009. Other Mazdas that received the highest rating possible are the previous generation Mazda6, the current Mazda3 and the new Mazda CX-5.
The freshly-minted, mass-produced Mazda 6 is the model originating from Mazda Takeri’s concept car which was first sighted at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
Chief Designer Akira Tamatani says that the new Mazda 6 features a heavily-built framework and a low, wide stance that displays power and precision, creating a sense of durability without deviating from the universal tasteful appeal and exquisite form it displays as a CD car. He also said that this design builds a “powerful presence” from how it expresses its motions. He added that when customers look at the car, they’re already given an idea of how electrifying the experience would be even before they get in.
At a quick glance, the exterior display projects a certain tenacity, bravado, and a playful vibe through its sleek and buffed shape. The systematized interior, in keynote black, retains its timeless feeling of sophistication and top-notch quality, while adding a trendy and elegant flair.
You can see the ‘signature wing’ incorporated in the front view, a nod to the unifying quality of the new Mazda family face design. Its hood line expands from the tips of the wing into the character lines of the body. These exterior features, along with the sturdy design of the nose, accompany the overall dynamic form of the body that conveys a strong urge for motion.