Mazda has revealed the all-new Mazda 6 at the international Moscow Motor Show – and the all-new saloon has immediately become the car of the show for many visitors.
The second model to showcase Mazda’s ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design and SKYACTIV engineering technology, the new Mazda 6 has made its global debut prior to going on sale in the UK in 2013.
Mazda says the new Mazda 6 will become its flagship model and is promising an “exhilarating” driving experience along with “outstanding environmental and safety performance”.
Ground-breaking technology includes the i-ELOOP system that makes its debut on the new Mazda 6. This is a brake energy regeneration system that charges a capacitor when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator. This energy is then used to power electrical components within the car: it thus saves and reuses energy otherwise lost.
Driving pleasure has been prioritised too, revealed Mazda engineers speaking at the Moscow Motor Show. “In developing the third-generation Mazda6, we pursued Mazda’s intrinsic core value: ‘driving pleasure’,” said Mazda 6 programme manager Hiroshi Kajiyama.
“We wanted to create a car that reacts and behaves exactly as you expect it to. Part of this involved carefully crafting those parts of the car which you often touch to feel as though they are an extension of your own body.”
In the coming months, we will discover just how good the new Mazda 6 is to drive. Right now though, it is the design of the car that is causing a stir in Moscow. Derived from the 2011 Mazda Takeri concept car, the new Mazda 6 sports a very attractive style with a low, wide stance and pronounced body sculpture.
“We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realise a powerful presence,” said chief designer Akira Tamatani.
“Simply looking at the car heightens one’s expectations about the driving experience even before actually riding in it.
The Moscow show has given the world’s press a first opportunity to check out the car’s spacious new interior, too. Finished in keynote black, the new interior is driver-orientated and very spacious. High-quality materials are used and, as with the rest of the car, the application of Mazda’s ‘design craftsmanship concept’ means a superb and consistent level of finish has been achieved.
European customers will get their first chance to see the new Mazda 6 saloon at the Paris Motor Show next month, along with the global debut of the Mazda 6 estate.
For now though, the launch party carries on in Moscow, as showgoers crowd around the new Mazda 6 and check out just why Mazda believes it adds a fresh dimension to the ‘celebration of driving’.