The All-New 2014 Mazda6 Sedan
New Flagship Brings An Added Dimension to the Celebration of Driving
Mazda will premiere the completely redesigned Mazda6 (Atenza) at 2012
Moscow Motor Show. Following on from the Mazda CX-5, the all-new
Mazda6 is the second of a new generation of Mazda vehicles which adopt
the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and the "KODO – Soul of
Motion" design language. Mazda has consistently strived to
provide stylish, insightful and spirited cars and the new generation
vehicles also offer outstanding environmental performance.
Mazda's environmental technology development is directed by its
Building Block Strategy which first calls for thorough improvements in
the base automotive technologies. The next step builds on these
improvements with the sequential introduction of electric devices
designed to improve fuel economy. The first such device was the i-stop
idling stop system introduced in 2009 with the Mazda3 (Axela). The
second device, which makes its debut with the new Mazda6 is i-ELOOP,
Mazda's unique brake energy regeneration system which begins charging
a capacitor the moment you take your foot off the accelerator.
Electricity stored in the capacitor can then be used to power electric
components throughout the car. In freeing the engine from much of the
duty of providing electricity to these components, more fuel energy
goes directly to powering the car resulting in further improvements in
fuel economy. In addition, a variety of advanced active safety
technologies have been adopted. The new Mazda6 delivers not only
precise response and a high-quality, exhilarating driving experience
but also outstanding environmental and safety performance.
Drawing on the full potential of both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO
design, the Mazda6 aims to take the "joy of driving" to a
new level. As the flagship model of a new generation of vehicles, it
will build on the momentum created by the success of the CX-5, and
heralds a new era for Mazda. It will be introduced to global markets
starting late 2012.
"Driving pleasure" begins before you even turn the key
Creation of a flagship model that takes driving pleasure to another
"In developing the 3rd generation Mazda6, we pursued Mazda's
intrinsic value, 'driving pleasure'. 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," says
Hiroshi Kajiyama, the new Mazda6 program manager. "The
distinctive design hints at the power and agility with which the car
moves. A variety of original innovations support a comfortable and
enjoyable driving experience. Mazda's superb engineering and
craftsmanship have realized a car that handles so well it seems to
respond directly to the driver's intentions rather than the physical
manipulations of steering, braking and accelerating. In short, the new
Mazda6 offers the "joy of driving" that people have come to
expect from Mazda, but the experience starts even before you get
behind the wheel and lingers long after the drive is over. I can't
wait to see the look on the faces of people getting out of the car
after their first time behind the wheel of the new Mazda6."
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Key characteristics of the all-new Mazda6 sedan (Russian
An Exceptional presence creates an expectation of outstanding driving
performance every time you glance at the car
The new Mazda6 is the mass production model born of the Mazda TAKERI
concept car showcased at Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. "The
new Mazda6 has a robust framework and a low, wide stance that
expresses strength and stability, creating the impression of amazing
vitality without detracting from the universal aesthetic appeal and
beautiful form it displays as a CD car," says the chief designer
Akira Tamatani. "We have created a design in which the wild and
dynamic expressions of motion artistically realize a powerful
presence. Simply looking at the car heightens one's expectations about
the driving experience even before actually riding in it."
At a single glance, the exterior design conveys animalistic tenacity,
dignity and a sporty flare through its smooth and powerful physique.
The coordinated interior, in keynote black, is both chic and
contemporary without compromising on a timeless feeling of luxury and
In the front view, we incorporated the 'signature wing,' a unifying
element of the new Mazda family face design, into the deeply sculpted
face. The hood creases extend from the tips of the signature wing and
flow into the body character lines. Together, with the solid design of
the nose, they complement the overall dynamic form of the body that
expresses a strong desire for motion.
Three character lines dominate the side view – an elegant line that
extends forward from the rear tire, a rear fender line suggesting
driving force from the vehicle's hind quarter, and a front fender line
denoting strong shoulders supporting nimble forefeet. The combination
of these lines capture the form of a predator crouched and poised
ready to leap forward in an explosion of movement.
· The rear view displays stability through the well balanced
proportions of the wedged body, prominent rear fender and compact
· For the head lights, signature LED luminescence and halo ring
light guides are adopted for the first time in a Mazda mass production
· The first use of "Soul Red", a new color born of a
unique technological process developed by Mazda, that balances depth
and shading which accentuate the car's dynamic form, and vividness
which expresses sportiness.
· The driver-oriented cockpit offers generous space. Three
meters laid out symmetrically in the meter hood heighten the
expectation for exciting driving.
· Passenger side space provides a sense of both openness and
safety with the decorative horizontal line extending through the
center panel to the air-conditioning louvers as well as the encircling
form of the dash.
· Soft materials are used for areas frequently touched such as
the door trim and the upper part of the instrument panel.
· The solid, decorative instrument panel features 2 colors,
'Bordeaux metal' and 'Dark metal'.
· White scale markings appear to stand out from the meter face
which feature a combination of spindle groove and honeycomb patterning
to achieve a feeling of depth and quality craftsmanship. An encircling
metal ring completes a tasteful design, conveying a zeal for
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Quality that raises the anticipation of "driving pleasure"
New generation Mazda products are developed under the design
craftsmanship concept which incorporates the designer's aesthetic
sense into a base of detailed and precise engineering. Full-scale
implementation of this concept with the new Mazda6 enabled a
high-quality, premium finish with a harmony of form and quality while
not compromising on functionality. Attention was paid not only to
areas passengers see and touch but also to the feel and sound of
operating the vehicle in order to create a sense of unity throughout
the car. An overall feeling of quality appeals to all the senses and
creates an expectation that the new Mazda6 will offer heightened
levels of driving pleasure no matter where you take it.
· Details of all parts, including design motif, molding, and
surface grain and gloss treatments are carefully executed according to
a consistent philosophy.
· In the cabin, the instrument panel is laid out horizontally,
and a smooth continuity between the upper area of the instrument panel
and the door trim creates an impression of simplicity and neatness.
· Care has been taken to ensure metal-like decorations, such as
satin chrome plating.
· Parts which the driver often handles, such as the steering
wheel, shift knob and parking brake
lever are carefully crafted to achieve a smooth and consistent feel.
· The layout of the instrument display and operating devices
surrounding the driver's seat has
been optimized in consideration of both the characteristics of human
vision and arm and hand movements.
Packaging that fills everyday with joy and pleasure
A spacious and comfortable environment is provided within the dynamic
and elegant body form realized by KODO design. It offers an
environment where the driver can relax and concentrate on the pleasure
of driving. A feeling of anticipation is stirred every time you look
at the car, run your hand over the fender, grasp the wheel or adjust
Two fundamental aims directed the development of the packaging. The
first was to realize spacious, comfortable cabin that perfectly
matches KODO design. The second was to refine the Human Machine
Interface (HMI) to create a cockpit environment where the driver can
feel completely at ease to enjoy the drive. The new Mazda6 packaging
achieves all three aims and provides driver and passengers with a
great environment in which to savor the "joy of driving."
Spacious, comfortable cabin that perfectly matches KODO design
· The 2,830mm long wheel base allows a spacious backseat area,
ample interior space and a broad canvas for the unrestrained
expression of KODO.
· Large 19 inch diameter wheels create a feeling of unshakable
· Compared to the previous model, the front wheel has been
moved forward by 100mm in relation to the A-pillar resulting in
reduced overhang. The rear deck is also shorter than the previous
model. The car's stance, with the bulk of the mass toward the rear,
gives a sense of
explosive power ready to be unleashed at any moment.
· Shoulder room of 1,450mm in the front seat (20mm wider than
the previous model) and a large
radius corner on the center console ensure comfortable seating.
· The rear seats feature ample legroom with knee clearance 43
mm greater than the previous
model and amongst the best in the segment. Leg space is 984 mm, which
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on the previous model. The length of the rear seat cushion is
increased 20 mm and the seat
back length increased 33 mm. The rear center arm rest has been
enlarged by 60 mm.
· The trunk was designed from an ergonomic perspective. Upper
opening width is 32mm wider than the previous model, for easy loading.
A swan hinge enables easy and smooth opening and
closing of the trunk. Cockpit environment
· An adjustable front seat combined with adjustable tilt and
telescopic steering wheel enable precise adjustment of the driving
· A multi commander allows intuitive control of an array of
functions such as audio, the navigation system and the sensitivity of
the automatic windshield wipers via the center display.
· Trip management information is displayed on a 3.5-inch
multi-information display in the meter cluster. Navigation information
is shown on a 5-inch display located in the center panel. By
separating information into categories and showing them on two
different displays, readability and operability were further
Impressive dynamic performance to achieve precise handling
In driving dynamics, the aim was to provide an exhilarating driving
experience that can only be felt when the driver and car become one.
Mazda's fundamental belief is that a smooth linear response to driver
input is the basis of driving pleasure, and full enjoyment cannot be
attained through speed and power alone. This was the motivation for
the introduction of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY throughout the car including
the engine, transmission, body and chassis.
Aiming to realize both agility and linearity by uniting the driver and
car, Mazda concentrated on providing outstanding levels of high
performance via a control system that responds to the driver's
intentions. In terms of acceleration characteristics, this means
natural, linear acceleration in response to pedal operation without a
hint of jerkiness or delay. For cornering characteristics, this means
faithfully responding to steering input, providing immediate feedback
from the road and mildly increasing roll so that no steering
adjustment is required to maintain the desired cornering line.
Finally, for braking characteristics, this means braking performance
that gives the driver the feeling of being in complete control,
including when releasing the brakes. Closely concentrating on human
sensitivity in this way, Mazda strove to balance fundamentally
contradictory characteristics of motion: refined, supple motion and
light, agile motion. Appropriate for the Mazda flagship model,
extremely impressive driving performance including superior high-speed
straight-line stability that gives the feeling of complete control has
been realized, thus providing an enjoyable, comfortable drive
regardless of distance.
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Chassis & Body
· The all-new Mazda6 sedan has a finely tuned SKYACTIV-Chassis
front strut and rear multi-link suspension systems, which deliver
agile driving performance in the low- to mid-speed ranges and
stability in high speed driving.
· SKYACTIV-Chassis column-type electric power assist steering
system offers precise control by responding to small steering inputs
as needed without forcing changes in the positions of the hands
holding the wheel and contributing to a linear steering feel. The new
control assist enhances straight-ahead stability and prevents steering
pull on rough road surfaces.
· The optimized brake booster curves deliver effective, precise
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all the way up to high G areas attributable to easily-controllable
initial pedaling and enhanced
stability enabled by higher brake cooling efficiency.
· Robust SKYACTIV-Body structure makes wider use of ultra-high
tensile steel and results in a
weight reduction while at the same time improving torsional rigidity
by about 30%
· Engineering efforts in NVH performance focused on achieving
class-leading quietness in the cabin and creating a pleasant yet
exhilarating engine sound under acceleration. The improved NVH
performance mainly comes from effectively blocking noise paths from
the engine and the
road to the cabin and designing parts to effectively absorb sound
· The optimized under-floor design improves aerodynamic
performance by rectifying airflow under the vehicle and minimizing the
trailing vortex by directing the airflow upwards via the tail up
design of the main silencer. CD target is class-leading 0.26
(depending on grade). This
contributes to high-speed stability as well as an improvement in fuel
· SKYACTIV-G (gasoline engine) equipped models offer abundant
torque characteristics at low engine speeds enabling acceleration that
precisely matches the driver's intentions in various driving
situations, contributing to a precise and linear response;
high-quality ride and superb fuel economy performance.
· The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine offers maximum torque of 210
Nm / 4,000 rpm and maximum output of 110 kW /
6,000 rpm. The
SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine, deployed for the first time in the new
Mazda6, offers a maximum torque of 256 Nm / 3,250 rpm and maximum
output of 141 kW /
5,700 rpm. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 also features a
balance shaft that contributes to the mitigation of engine vibration
and low noise output.
· SKYACTIV-G 2.0 comes with 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic
transmission or 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gear box. The SKYACTIV-G
2.5 is combined with the SKYACTIV-Drive transmission. Precise and
nimble driving performance is supported by both SKYACTIV-Drive,
designed to control driving force and gear speed linearly in response
to acceleration pedal input, and SKYACTIV-MT, which offers a light and
crisp shift feel.
n Environmental and Safety Performance
Environmental and safety performance for driving pleasure and peace of
Environmental and safety performance was further enhanced in the
all-new Mazda6 so customers can enjoy driving with peace of mind. In
terms of environmental performance, the addition of i-stop and i-ELOOP
improves the already outstanding fuel economy achieved with SKYACTIV
TECHNOLOGY. The foundation of the new Mazda6's safety performance lies
in its outstanding handling that responds immediately to the driver's
input, excellent visibility and the crash-worthiness of the highly
rigid SKYACTIV-Body. On top of this, an array of advanced safety
technologies has been employed to support the driver in the safe
operation of the vehicle. For example, Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM)
and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) drive awareness and improve
field of vision at night. Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) will take
steps to avoid or reduce the severity of an accident even if the
driver takes no action. Finally, superior passive safety minimizes
damage when collisions do occur.
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· The new Mazda6 is the first model to adopt the
"i-ELOOP" brake energy regeneration system, which
contributes to an improvement in fuel efficiency in real world driving
situations. This is the first passenger car brake energy regeneration
system in the world to utilize a capacitor. SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine
models are available with i-ELOOP and i-stop.
· The "i-stop," Mazda's original idling stop system
is introduced on the new Mazda6. This system boasts a class-leading
engine re-start time of 0.35 seconds.
· Award-winning single-nanotechnology in the catalyst improves
the exhaust gas after-treatment process and reduces the amount of
precious metal required.
Active Safety Technologies:
[Maximize the range of conditions in which the driver can drive safely
· Moving the bottom of the A-pillar rearwards by 100mm,
compared with the outgoing model, and mounting the rear view mirror on
the door rather than the base of the A-pillar helps enhance the
forward and peripheral visibility.
· High-Beam Control system (HBC) uses a sensor to detect
oncoming vehicles and automatically changes between high and low beam
to help avoid blinding other drivers during night driving.
· Adaptive Front-lighting system (AFS) predicts curvature based
on the degree of steering input and vehicle speed and turns the
headlights in the direction that the vehicle is actually heading. This
improves visibility when driving at night.
· Hill Launch Assist (HLA) helps prevent the Mazda6 from
rolling backwards while the driver's foot moves from the brake pedal
to the accelerator pedal when taking off on a hill.
[Provide hazard alerts to help the driver avoid dangers and recover
the safe operation of the vehicle]
· Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) cause the hazard lights to
rapidly flicker on and off in the event of panic braking at 50 km/h or
faster in order to warn vehicles behind.
· Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) comes into effect at 30 km/h or
faster and detects cars approaching from behind or driving in the
blind spot area on either side and warns the driver when he or she
turns on the indicator to change lanes.
· The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) uses a camera to
judge the position of lines on the road and warns the driver of
unintentional lane departures, thus minimizing the risk of collision
due to driver inattention or fatigue.
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[Help avoid or reduce the severity of a collision when the driver
alone cannot safely operate the vehicle]
· Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) uses a near-infrared beam
sensor to help prevent collisions and, in cases where prevention is
not possible, reduce the impact of frontal collisions at low speed (up
to 30 km/h) by automatically applying the vehicle's brakes.
Passive Safety Technologies:
[Help protect passengers and pedestrians in the event of a collision]
· The lightweight yet highly-rigid SKYACTIV-Body provides
excellent crashworthiness and is designed to attain top safety ratings
in tests around the world.
· A multi-load path structure and a front end with an X-shaped
cross-section increases impact energy absorption, further improving
safety performance in frontal, side and rear-end collisions.
· The anti-whiplash design of the front seats helps to reduce
neck injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
· There are two impact beams in the front doors. The upper beam
has a round cross-section, and the lower beam has a double-ridged
cross-section. The lower rear beam also has a double-ridged
cross-section, helping to improve strength.
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