Both the Mazda 6 saloon and Mazda CX5 crossover were used to ferry dignitaries around the World Summit as part of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer’s partnership with the Nobel Peace Prize.
And peace was indeed what the passengers would be feeling, thanks to the excellent ride quality of both cars.
The vehicles’ Skyactiv construction means they are both extremely stiff – using high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel in the chassis – but also very lightweight.
This allows the suspension to work effectively given such a stiff platform, allowing the cars to be setup with comfort and handling in mind. A very clever trick indeed.
With the body being so light it also means the cars are less affected by lumps and bumps in the road surface, as there’s less mass for the suspension to control.
The lightness naturally helps efficiency, too. The 150hp 2.2-litre Mazda 6 saloon returns a frankly astonishing 67.3mpg combined with just 108g/km CO2 emissions.
That means this five-seat family saloon with a massive 483 litres of boot space will accelerate from 0-62mph in a swift 9.0 seconds but will only cost you £20 per year in road tax. The story is very much the same for the Mazda CX5.
The same 150hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel unit in the Japanese off-roader will push the car from 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds, while fuel economy of 61.4mpg combined with 119g/km CO2 emissions is exceptional, given the extra size and therefore slight reduction in aerodynamic efficiency.
The trade-off is even more boot space – 503 litres with the seats up, rising to a massive 1,620 litres with them folded.
The 50-strong fleet of Mazdas gathered over the three-day festival to “lead by example”, just as those who are involved in the Nobel Peace Prize do.
President and chief executive officer of Mazda Europe, Jeff Guyton, explains:
“Mazda’s history, as well as our present, is full of examples of defying conventional wisdom to find better solutions.
“Our groundbreaking Skyactiv range of technologies is one example of that, and we are very happy to place it at the disposal of great people who share our ethos of challenging conventions to make things better.”
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