Mazda 6

Tuesday 06 October 2009
The Mazda6 second generation made its premiere at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The new Mazda6 is based on the Mazda GH chassis platform, a revised version of the GG chassis which Ford also still uses as their CD3 platform. Mazda continues to provide three body styles, including 4-door saloon (sedan), 5-door hatchback and wagon. Despite the North American version's increase in dimensions, Mazda maintains that the 6 retains the overall driving experience is still sportier than rivaling Accords, Camrys, or Malibus. A number of journalists have already praised its electrically assisted steering for being considerably improved compared to the last generation, providing more feedback to the driver. The hatchback model even has a boot space which beats the larger rival Ford Mondeo (hatchback) by 200 liters with rear seats folded down. For the North American market, only a sedan model will be available. Unfortunately for fans and owners of the Mazdaspeed 6, the North American Mazda 6 will not be gifted a new Mazdaspeed. Early reviews have been favorable. The North American version was redesigned for the 2009 model year. It is larger than the standard version and offers larger engines. Mazda North American Operations finally followed the current trend of offering a larger sedan in North America compared to the international version, and the company believes the new car will strengthen the model significantly in North America. Reviewers have noted its coupe-like roofline and sportier style. North American engine choices include a new 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and North American versions get the 3.7 liter V6 which is also available in the Mazda CX-9.

Technical data:
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 2000 cc
- horsepower: 147 HP
- gearbox: 5+1
- top speed: 210 km/h

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