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Mazda on sales upswing in Europe but won’t build there

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 21st, 2013

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Auto sales in Europe have been a tricky proposition for some years, but Mazda has seen some success on the backs of the CX-5 and new Mazda6. According to a report form Automotive News Europe, though, that doesn’t mean we should be looking for the Japanese manufacturer to set up production operations there.

Mazda’s European CEO, Jeff Guyton, explained to AN that “Our intention is to have manufacturing scale. That gives you scale economy and quality through repeatability.” In other words, a big honking plant in one part of the world is preferable to a half dozen small factories building the same vehicles.

European sales for Mazda are up 5.4 percent in the first half of 2013, with 74,000 units sold. That kicked the Zoom-Zoom brand’s market share up from one to 1.2 percent. Small gains, but gains nonetheless. According to Guyton, Mazda would need to sell 200,000 units of just one model in Europe for local production to make sense. Mazda’s best European year saw 320,000 units sold across the entire range.

Mazda on sales upswing in Europe but won’t build there originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Jul 2013 17:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mazda6: Introduction

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 30th, 2013

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An Extended Stay With The Sexy Six

2014 Mazda6

The new-for-2014 Mazda6 sedan is more than just a pretty face. For Mazda, it marks the company’s best effort yet at competing in the highly competitive midsize sedan segment, all the while staying true to the brand’s core value of offering high levels of driver involvement above all. We certainly came away impressed after our first drive of the sleek Six in France last fall, and we knew right from the start that this would be a car we’d want to spend a lot of time with back here at home.

So with that in mind, the folks at Mazda graciously agreed to loan us the fully loaded Soul Red tester you see here for a one-year stay in the Autoblog long-term garage. Because of how important this car is to the segment, and to Mazda as a brand, we know there’s going to be a lot to talk about it over the next 12 months. Right now, though, allow us to introduce you to the newest member of our long-term family.

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2014 Mazda6: Introduction originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 May 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Five vehicles named Top Safety Pick+ including new Civic, MKZ

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 9th, 2013

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In an attempt to help push vehicle safety to a higher level, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety created a stricter Top Safety Pick+ rating last year, which incorporates a brutal small overlap test and requires cars to get Good ratings in four out of the five categories (and no less than Acceptable in the fifth). Joining the list of the safest cars of 2013, the 2013 Volvo XC60, Lincoln MKZ, Honda Civic (sedan and coupe) and the 2014 Mazda6 have all received the coveted TSP+ rating.

The Mazda6 and Lincoln MKZ have both been completely redesigned, and both received Acceptable ratings in the small overlap test. The Honda Civic, coming off its emergency refresh for 2013, is the first small car to be subjected to the small overlap test, and IIHS says that one of the car’s many upgrades includes a stiffer front structure allowing it to receive Good ratings in all categories. Similarly, the XC60 gets all Good ratings thanks to, according to IIHS, Volvo updating the airbag software allowing the side airbags to inflate during the small overlap test.

The 2014 Subaru Forester has not yet been subjected to the small overlap test, so it must make do with just a Top Safety Pick rating until the IIHS tests small utility vehicles, which is expected to happen later in the spring.

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Five vehicles named Top Safety Pick+ including new Civic, MKZ originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda6 diesel to race at Rolex 24, team and drivers announced

Published by Mazda Blogs on January 4th, 2013

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2014 Mazda5 Daytona 24 Race Car Teaser

2014 Mazda6 teams at the Daytona 24 HoursMazda is getting serious about showing off the Skyactiv-D turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine in the Mazda6. The automaker has just announced it will campaign three diesel Mazda6 racers in the Grand-Am GX class of the upcoming 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona in a quest to walk away with the company’s 24th class win. Mazda partnered with SpeedSource to develop the race version of the new sedan, with Japanese and American engineers lending a helping hand where needed. Meanwhile, Freedom Autosport and Visit Florida Racing/SpeedSource/Yellow Dragon Racing will helm teams of their own.

Each car will make use of a five-driver team for the 24-hour race on January 26. In the interim, you can check out the full press release below for more information as well as the full driver roster. Mazda says we can expect to see the No. 70 SpeedSource car under the lights at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show later this month, as well.

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Mazda6 diesel to race at Rolex 24, team and drivers announced originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Why the 38-mpg 2014 Mazda6 is on dealer lots, but you can’t drive it

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 21st, 2012

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2014 Mazda6 - front three-quarter view

If you stop by your local Mazda dealer this month, with any luck, you’ll see the much-anticipated 2014 Mazda6 parked in the showroom – there are already a few hundred of them out there. That’s quite an accomplishment in light of the fact that it isn’t even calendar year 2013. The move is part of a strategic decision by the Japanese automaker, which is hoping to capitalize on holiday showroom traffic. (The last five days of the year are typically among the busiest dealer days all year).

If you happen to spy the rakish sedan, you may notice something missing – a window sticker. That’s because Mazda (like other automakers) can’t legally display the Monroney on a 2014 model year vehicle until January 1, 2013. According to Autoblog sources, Mazda dealers are legally prohibited from letting you test drive until the start of 2013, so it’s more of a sneak preview than anything else. Even so, we reckon shoppers will be impressed when they finally get a look at those window stickers – Mazda hasn’t announced fuel economy figures yet, but Autoblog has learned that the 2014 model will carry a pair of impressive numbers: EPA estimates of 27 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway using regular gas.

Mazda dealers are legally prohibited from letting you test drive until the start of 2013, so it’s more of a sneak preview than anything else.

Those figures mirror that of the CVT-equipped 2013 Nissan Altima, but with a bit more power – the document cites figures of 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque from the 2.5-liter Skyactiv four cylinder – figures that are down slightly from the 189 hp and 189 lb-ft overseas example we drove in October. Unlike the Nissan and many of its competitors, the engine can be paired with the buyer’s choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or automatic. Other key rivals, including the Honda Accord, Kia Optima and Toyota Camry fall short of the Mazda’s economy numbers, though the Kia does offer a bit more power at 200 hp/186 lb-ft.

The 2014 Mazda6 fuel economy figures come courtesy of a “Display Vehicle Playbook” dealer document obtained by Autoblog from an anonymous source. A word of advice – don’t bother trying to cajole your local salesman into an early sale or test drive. Those same dealer materials spell out in no uncertain terms that “there are SIGNIFICANT financial penalties that may be incurred should the vehicle be operated or driven prior to final invoice.” Final invoices will be issued by Mazda district managers just before the car goes on sale January 2.

Unlike its rivals, however, the Mazda6 will only launch with one engine – there is no uplevel V6 or turbocharged gas I4 in the cards. However, Mazda has already confirmed a 2.2-liter Skyactiv turbodiesel powerplant, which is mentioned in the document as having “late 2013 availability.” No fuel economy or power estimates are provided.

Company officials have confirmed to Autoblog that its dealers still have a substantial inventory of 2013 Mazda6 models on lots – around 7,000 units, or about a 100-day supply. With the much more advanced new model already on many lots – set to carry similar pricing – selling through the outgoing model is likely to be a challenge met only with substantial incentives.

Why the 38-mpg 2014 Mazda6 is on dealer lots, but you can’t drive it originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda6 performance and coupe models mooted, all-wheel drive under consideration too

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 30th, 2012

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2014 Mazda6 - front three-quarter view

AutoExpress reports Mazda is already looking at ways to give the company’s 2014 Mazda6 a little more heat. The company isn’t throwing out too many details at the moment beyond saying executives are looking at the possibility of creating a spiritual successor to the Mazdaspeed6. While speaking with the publication, Hiroshi Kajiyama, program manager for the Mazda6, admits a performance version has lots of potential, and that such a machine would be helpful for the brand. If a hotter four-door hits the market, it will likely be lighter than its common sibling with around 100 fewer pounds to lug around. It may also bow with a turbocharged version of the currently-available diesel mill.

Meanwhile, Autocar reports the new Mazda6 may spawn a two-door variant as well. Akira Tamatani, Mazda chief designer, said he would love to make such a vehicle, though no solid decision has been made one way or the other. What else does Mazda have planned for its newest model? Developers are sweating over the possible addition of an all-wheel drive system to help the machine better compete in foul-weather markets.

Mazda6 performance and coupe models mooted, all-wheel drive under consideration too originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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More 2014 Mazda6 teasers released

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 25th, 2012

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Just hours ago, a high-resolution teaser shot of the 2014 Mazda6 leaked onto the internet, giving us a very clear glimpse of the new sedan’s front fascia. Not to be outdone, Mazda has responded by releasing three more high-res images of the new car, which we’ve learned will officially debut at the 2012 Moscow Auto Show next month.

After looking at the new quartet of images, along with the series of teaser videos – all one, two, three, four of them – there’s little to be left to the imagination when it comes to the design of Mazda’s rakish new sedan. From what we can see so far, this thing looks mighty handsome. The company’s new Kodo design language is certainly flaunting its stuff here, with a more aggressive front fascia and upswept profile line that, like the CX-5, gives the car the impression of being “up on its haunches,” as one Mazda representative described it to us once.

Right now, all we know is that Mazda plans to debut its new midsize sedan with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline four-cylinder, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Japanese automaker has also stated that the 2014 Mazda6 will feature the company’s new i-ELOOP (short for Intelligent Energy Loop) capacitor-based regenerative braking system that will, according to Mazda, “improve economy by up to 10 percent.”

Following the Russian-spec car’s debut on August 29, the rest of the world will have to wait until the Paris Motor Show in late September to see exactly what’s in store for each individual market. Scroll down for Mazda’s official press blast.

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More 2014 Mazda6 teasers released originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Jul 2012 01:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mazda6 teased in high resolution

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 24th, 2012

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We’ve seen a quadruplet of teaser videos of the 2014 Mazda6, the most recent of which showed off the car’s (nearly complete) side profile. Now, thanks to the slippery fingers at Russian site AutoWP, this high-resolution image of the new midsize sedan has leaked onto the internet, clearly showing the sharp new front fascia.

If that new schnoz looks familiar, it’s because the new Mazda6 will use the same Kodo design language first seen on the Takeri concept car and later brought into the production world on the 2013 CX-5 crossover. We certainly like it more than the Sir Smiles-A-Lot Nagare styling that has graced the last generation of Mazda vehicles.

Under the hood, Mazda will likely employ its 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline four-cylinder engine mated to six-speed transmissions. The Japanese automaker will be employing its 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine in other markets, and while Mazda has confirmed that the oil-burning mill will make its way Stateside at some point, it’s still unknown if it will show up in the Mazda6 or another vehicle like the CX-5.

Look for the 2014 Mazda6 to officially bow at the Paris Motor Show this September.

2014 Mazda6 teased in high resolution originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Mazda6 teased yet again, full profile revealed [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 20th, 2012

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Mazda6 profile teaser image

The painfully slow striptease of the next Mazda6 continues unabated. Fortunately for us, the Japanese automaker has seen fit to reveal the car’s full profile, albeit in a video that never shows the car in its entirety.

We’ve gone ahead and created a composite image based on screen captures – it’s far from perfect, but hopefully it gives us an idea of how Mazda’s swoopy new family sedan is shaping up. Click on the image above to see it in high resolution.

As before, we see clear evidence that Mazda is using the Kodo “Soul of Motion” design language of its Takeri Concept as the starting point for the 6’s shape, and that’s a good thing. We’re expecting four-cylinder power relying heavily on Mazda’s Skyactiv fuel-saving technology.

Fell free to have a gander at teasers one, two and three, then satiate your voyeuristic notions by scrolling down below for the latest video.

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New Mazda6 teased yet again, full profile revealed [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Third Mazda6 teaser released, has us seeing red

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 17th, 2012

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Next Mazda6 teaser #3 - taillight screencap

Mazda is only giving us tapas-sized video bites of its upcoming Mazda6, but at least each bite comes quickly. Just days after the second teaser came out, our third view of the sedan reveals some unexpected inspiration from the Takeri concept: its paint. The Takeri show car was a deep, lustrous red; the Mazda6 in the videos is called Soul Red, said by Mazda to use “an innovative new paint process… to capture both the deepness and vividness of the colour, highlighting the cars sleek design.”

Its color and its shape are still looking good. Have a look for yourself in the 27 seconds of teasing in the video below.

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Third Mazda6 teaser released, has us seeing red originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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