Mazda 6 redesign debuts as 2013-2014 model
Mazda has unveiled the new “Mazda6” at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show, of all places. This mid-size sedan has just become the hottest car in its segment by far.
The 2013-2014 Mazda 6 is powered by their “Skyactiv” engines, sending power to the front wheels through either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. The motors don’t back up the sporty looks of the car though, with a 148 hp 2.0-litre and a 189 hp 2.5-litre, both fuel-efficient 4-cylinder motors. Also attached to the powertrain is Mazda’s new “i-Eloop” regenerative braking system, combined with stop/start technology.
The new Mazda 6 is expected to hit many markets by the end of the year, although we can expect it in the GCC by early next year.
In other news, the U.S. “AutoAlliance International” plant, jointly owned by Mazda and Ford and responsible for building the Mazda 6 Ultra, has stopped building Mazda cars permanently. Ford is taking it over for 2013 Fusion production. This likely means there will only be one version of the Mazda 6 for worldwide markets. For the last few years, there have been two different sizes of the Mazda 6 on sale in the UAE, one from Japan and one from the United States.
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