The new Mazda6, with ground-breaking SKYACTIV technology
Mazda 6 continues to impress after its impressive Launch in January
In January Mazda launched its new Mazda6, confident that it would make a substantial impact on both the family and corporate markets, and this is already proving to be the case. With its SKYACTIV technology giving both substantially-increased fuel economy and low CO2 emission levels, it has been given the What Car? Ultra-low-carbon Car of the Year award for 2013.
The Mazda6 has been designed using the brand’s new “Kodo – Soul of Motion” concept. The original idea for this was inspired by wild animals such as the cheetah, and was first seen in the Mazda CX-5 SUV. Continuing this theme, the Mazda6 incorporates a bold front grille, powerful shoulders and a low, rear-leaning cabin, all of which combine to give the effect of power and speed, even when the car is stationary.
Two basic versions of the new Mazda6 are available; the four-door Saloon and the five-door Tourer estate. When configured with five seats, the Tourer can accommodate 506 litres of luggage, making it an ideal family car. With the rear seats folded its luggage capacity increases to around 1,648 litres. Drivers will find all the primary control functions and switches have been conveniently and ergonomically designed around them, and rear-seat passengers will appreciate the nearly one metre of legroom afforded to them. As with all Mazdas safety is of paramount importance, and with its multiple airbags, Smart City Brake Support and Rear Vehicle Monitoring systems, the Mazda6 has achieved a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.
Under the bonnet drivers can choose to have a 143bhp or 163bhp, 2.0-litre petrol engine, or alternatively a 148bhp or 173bhp, 2.2-litre diesel engine. Incorporating Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, power is transmitted to the wheels via either six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. Depending upon the option chosen, the 2.2-litre diesel engine can return a combined fuel economy figure of up to 67.3 MPG, with a CO2 emission figure as low as the award-winning 108g/km. Acceleration figures of 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds can be achieved from the 173bhp diesel engine and manual gearbox powertrain.
For motorists who like to build message-bearing number plates, if they register their new Mazda6 by the end of September, they will get a coveted “13” (“B”) licence plate.
Arnold Clark was voted Automotive Management’s Retailer of the Year 2012 and 2013 and is Europe’s largest independently-owned, family-run motor dealer. With approved Mazda dealerships in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Kirkcaldy, Liverpool and Stirling, a spokesperson for the company said, “We are very confident that the new Mazda6, with its Kodo design concept and groundbreaking SKYACTIV technology, will prove to be a market leader.”
For further information on the Maxda6, visit the Arnold Clark or Mazda website.
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