Mazda premiered the completely new Mazda6 at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show a couple of months ago, and added to that with the launch of the Mazda6 Wagon (Estate ) at the Paris 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 striven 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 to Ireland with the Mazda CX-5.
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 the driver takes his 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.
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.
Mazda says that the new 6 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.
Mazda Ireland has not yet announced the prices, the engine line-up, or specifications of the all-new Mazda6. Deliveries are expected sometime in early 2013. However, Mazda boasts that it is confident the SkyActiv technology diesel engines will be even cleaner and more efficient than the impressive figures posted by the all-new CX-5.