Since 2002, a Japanese automaker Mazda has been producing a mid-sized vehicle called the Mazda6 also known as Mazda Atenza (in Japanese market). Since its debut, more than one million units of Mazda6 has retailed all across the world by Mazda.
After the introduction of the Mazda2 (2002), RX-8 (2003), Mazda3 (2004), Mazda5 (2005), MX-5 (2005) and Mazda CX-7 (2006), the Mazda6 was regarded as the first Mazda vehicle launched with innovative, lively and perceptive designing features. The Mazda6 succeeds the Mazda 626, also called the Mazda Capella and Mazda Cronos. As Mazda6 is built on the G-platform, it primarily is the fourth generation Mazda626, developing from the GF-platform of 626/Capella to the GG-platform.
Presently, the Mazda6 is run in the GTS class, SCCA Pro Racing World Championship. In the manufacturer’s championship standings, the Mazda6 stood first. Mazda divers also held the first and second positions on the driver points table of Touring Car.
First Generation (2002-2008)
The first generation Mazda6 was introduced in 2002. It was initially offered as a 4-door sedan, 5-door liftback and 5-door station wagon, sold as ‘Sport Sedan’, ‘5-Door’ and ‘Sport Wagon’ respectively in the North American market. Only sedan version was offered in Australia as Limited initially later joined by Classic, offered as sedan, hatch and wagon. Next come the luxury model offered as sedan or hatch version. The Luxury Sport model was the top of the line model offered only as hatch. The automobile market in New Zealand received a 2.0-L GLX available only as sedan, 2.3-L GSX available as sedan, hatch and wagon, and a 2.3-L Limited offered as sedan and hatch versions. Moray Callum was the chief designer of this generation Mazda6.
The different engine options available were: a 1.8-L L8-DE, a 2.0-L LF-VE and a 2.3-L L3-VE, all three mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission featuring sequential-automatic system known as the ‘Four-Speed Sport AT’. In the United States, a 3.0-L Duratec30 V6 engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission featuring sequential-automatic system called the ‘Five Speed Sports AT’. A 4-cylinder turbodiesel engines mated to a 6-speed manual transmission were offered in European and Australian markets.
In September 2007, Mazda revealed the second generation Mazda6 at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
This second generation is built on Mazda’s GH platform which is a revised version of the GG platform still utilized by Ford as its own CD3 platform. The second generation Mazda6 is also available in three different body styles, i.e. 4-door saloon, 5-door wagon and hatchback. Its new electrically controlled steering receives a lot of praise and appreciation from press. Compared to the competitors such as Ford Mondeo/Opel Insignia (hatchback), the Mazda6 also offers a trunk space overshadowing its competitors.
What Car? – An automobile magazine that ranked the Mazda6 a Family Car of the Year for the year2010.
In 2010, at the event of Geneva Motor Show, Mazda introduced the new Mazda6 for the 2011 model year.