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MAZDA 6 FOR 2006: BETTER LOOKING, BETTER EQUIPPED AND EVEN BETTER TO DRIVEThe MAZDA 6 is one of the hottest mid-sized sports sedans on the market, not to mention one of the most affordable. Strong performance, terrific handling and great style have made it a favorite wîth consumers seeking both space and sportiness.
For 2006, a great car gets even better. The exterior design is now sharper and even sportier, while the cabin is more comfortable wîth even higher levels of craftsmanship. Mechanically, the V6 engine is more tractable and economical, while a new five-speed automatic transmission on the four-cylinder imodel delivers better performance and gas mileage. Suspension is retuned for even more dynamic handling, while new larger 18-inch wheels, for improved handling and road holding, are offered as well.
The MAZDA 6 is available in three body styles: Sports Sedan, Sport Wagon and 5-Door. It's the most extensive line-up in the mid-size category and all three body styles benefit from the 2006 upgrades.
'The freshening and mechanical improvements will further improve the customer's perception of style and quality,' says Eiji Oyama, MAZDA 6 vehicle line manager for Mazda North American Operations. 'The MAZDA 6 's unique competitive advantage is its sports-sedan position, and updates for 2006 further emphasize that advantage over the competition. Thanks to three different body styles, and the availability of four-cylinder and V6 engines, manual or automatic transmissions, the car that delivers the sportiest driving experience in its sector is even more desirable.'
The MAZDA 6 set new standards for performance, driver appeal and styling when it was launched three years ago. As a vehicle that married sports performance wîth refinement and practicality, it has proved a huge sales success and picked up more than 70 awards for automotive excellence.
There are two MAZDA 6 models: the four-cylinder i version and the V6-powered s. Each is available in one of four different packages: entry-level, Sport, Grand Touring and – new for 2006 – Grand Sport. Another new model for 2006 is the entry-level V6-powered s, giving value-conscious buyers the opportunity to drive Mazda's superb V6 engine at the most affordable price ever.
Also new for 2006 is a top-of-the-line MAZDASPEED 6 sedan powered by a turbocharged 274-horsepower four-cylinder engine offering all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) (See separate release.)
No other manufacturer offers a more complete lineup of luxury and performance sedans, sport wagons and five-door models in the midsize class.
A GREAT LOOKING CAR NOW LOOKS EVEN SPORTIER
Customers loved the look of the 2005 MAZDA 6 , so Mazda designers were cautious about making too many changes.
The familiar pointed nose and sharp styling has been accented wîth a new sport grille on some models and angular new headlamps across the range. The headlamps on the Sport and Grand Sport packages use dark gray bezels. New for 2006 on MAZDA 6s Grand Sport package are High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps for superior illumination and lower maintenance. The front bumper also is new, and helps give even more edge to the styling. Foglamps are incorporated into the front spoiler. New side sills highlight the 'hug-the-road' quality of the MAZDA 6 's style, while a trunk spoiler is standard on Sport and Grand Sport versions.
Revised tail lamps – using black bezels on the Sport and Grand Sport – and a new rear bumper on all models underline the sports-oriented changes. For the first time on a MAZDA 6 , 18-inch wheels are now available on the s Grand Touring and Grand Sport packages, further improving the sporty appearance and also improving traction and road holding.
With the 2006 model year also come three new exterior colors: Dark Cherry, Bright Island Blue and Tungsten Gray.
CABIN CHANGES: IMPROVED QÚALITY, MORE COMFORT, MORE SPORTINESS
The refreshed MAZDA 6 sees the inclusion of new front seats on all models for greater comfort and support. Cabin quality also is improved by using new door panels (including door handles), new cloth fabrics and a new center-console design. Auto up/down front power windows wîth anti-pinch mechanism are standard. The redesigned center console now has a new dark gray surface and uses a separate piano-black radio/CD face wîth restyled switches. The instrument panel decoration is dark gray.
The sporty interior uses a three-spoke leather-wrapped §teering wheel, offering tilt and telescopic adjustments along wîth fingertip cruise and audio controls. Instrumentation includes analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel and engine temperature gauges, as well as a digital readout for the outside air temperature.
Although the MAZDA 6 is clearly a driver's car, it provides comfort for five adults. A six-speaker integrated AM/FM/CD sound system is standard on all cars, while upgrades for the entry level and Sport models include an in-dash six-disc CD changer, a cassette deck, an MP3 player or a MiniDisc Player. A 200-watt BOSE ® sound system — standard on Grand Touring and Grand Sport models — also is available, comprising an in-dash six-disc CD changer, four 25-watt speakers, a tweeter mounted in the A-pillar of each front door, a 100-watt subwoofer and an amplifier.
The latest in limited voice-command DVD satellite navigation is available, for the first time on any MAZDA 6 , on the Grand Touring and Grand Sport models.
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE ACROSS THE SERIES
The range-topping 3.0-liter V6 engine has been noted for its strong performance and refinement, and now gets a torque boost from 190 to 199 lb-ft (at 5,000 rpm). The change makes the engine even more tractable and the car easier to drive, and also will improve off- the-line performance. In addition, fuel economy is improved by one mile per gallon on both
manual and automatic vehicles. Because of changes to the exhaust system to boost torque, maximum horsepower is reduced slightly from 220 horsepower to 215 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm).
As before, the V6 is mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed Sport A/T automatic wîth manual shift. The MAZDA 6 is in the only vehicle in the class to be offered wîth a six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The wide number of ratios improves performance, drivability, smoothness and gas mileage. The tall top gear also improves comfort and quietness on the freeway, while a short first gear gives aggressive off-the-line performance. These are all examples of MAZDA 6 's sports-first philosophy.
The 2.3-liter four-cylinder (I-4) engine used on the MAZDA 6i models continues as before, producing 160 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 155 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. This highly sophisticated engine is all-aluminum (like the V6 engine), uses double overhead camshafts and 16 valves (for excellent engine breathing and smooth revving). Smoothness and refinement are enhanced by the use of a balance shaft, helping make this four-cylinder engine almost as smooth as a reliable six-cylinder unit.
The 2.3-liter engine is specified wîth Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) equipment in the four states that require California emissions (NH, Mass., NY and VT). This makes the 2.3-liter engine 90-percent cleaner than the average new car. Evaporative emissions are completely eliminated by re-engineering the exhaust plumbing, repositioning the first catalytic converter and eco-friendly Electronic Control Únit (ECÚ) programming.
For 2006, i models are available wîth a new five-speed Sport AT automatic transmission wîth manual shift mode, replacing the previous four-speed unit. The extra gear ratio improves acceleration, cruising refinement and fuel economy (24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway – which is 1 mpg and 4 mpg respectively better than the 2005 model). Of course the MAZDA 6 i also is available wîth a five-speed manual gearbox.
Other improvements for the MAZDA 6 for 2006 include bigger ventilated front disc brakes – up from 11.1 inches to 11.8 inches – to further cut stopping distances, resist brake fade and improve pedal feel. Solid 11.0 inch disc brakes are used at the rear. As before, anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard – to cut stopping distances, allow drivers to steer when braking hard, and to stop skids. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) automatically balances front-to-rear braking forces, irrespective of the vehicle's load. Electronic traction control, which minimizes wheel spin in poor weather or slippery conditions, is standard across the range.
Secondary safety features include Triple-H body construction, which gives superb strength to the unitary construction body, front and rear side door beams, three-point seat belts for all five occupants, dual front airbags, and front and rear whiplash-reducing head restraints. Side airbags and side-curtain bags are standard on all models apart from the entry level iversion, on which they're optional.
The keyless entry has remote locking/unlocking, automatic opening and closing of the front windows (a new feature for 2006), a trunk release and a panic button.
FANTASTIC HANDLING AND VERY WELL EQÚIPPED
|Engine : 2.3 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 160 hp
Torque: 155 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 220 hp
Torque: 192 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 5-speed Automatic
EQÚIPPED TO MATCH ALL TASTES
The MAZDA 6 Sports Sedan is fully equipped no matter which trim level a buyer may choose. Entry i models are equipped wîth automatic headlight shut off, dual power color-keyed mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers, rear window defogger, air conditioning, and power windows and door locks. From the outside, i models are recognized by their black mesh grilles and 16' wheels wîth 205/60R-16 tires.
Sport models include all this equipment and add an eight-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle, side airbags and air curtains, and a perimeter anti-theft alarm. On the outside, 17' alloy wheels wîth 215/50R-17 tires are fitted, along wîth a body-color sport grille, fog lights in the lower front bumper, side-sill extensions and a rear wing spoiler.
The i Grand Sport model adds leather trimmed seating, adds a BOSE audio system and electroluminescent gauges. The s Grand Sport is fitted wîth all features of the i model, as well as HID headlights, automatic climate control and 18' wheels wîth 215/45R-18 tires.
The i Grand Touring offers a five-speed Sport AT automatic transmission, power moonroof, heated outside mirrors and leather trimmed seats. On s Grand Touring models, a six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission is fitted, as are 18' wheels and tires.
5-DOOR HATCHBACK AND SPORT WAGON ADD VERSATILITY AND MAINTAIN SPORTY SPIRIT
Externally, the MAZDA 6 Sport Wagon and 5-Door models differ from each other — and the sedan — only from the B-pillar back. The 5-Door is geared toward customers who want a sports sedan wîth increased cargo space. The Sport Wagon appeals to those who want even more space and versatility.
All MAZDA 6 5-Doors come standard wîth a Sport Package and all come fitted wîth a rear wiper/washer. The 5-Door is a far cry from the unattractive design usually associated wîth hatchbacks. The slope of the 5-Door's roofline to the rear decklid is gradual instead of the typical flat hatch, giving the 5-Door a coupe-like grace.
The rear liftgate opens to reveal a vast covered cargo area wîth 22.0 cubic feet of space, nearly 50-percent more than the sedan's. Cargo space more than doubles when the rear seats are folded, providing 58.7 cubic feet of space. Rear 60/40 split seats fold wîth the pull of a lever, and there is no need to remove the head rests for a near-flat cargo floor. The expansive liftgate opening ensures that oddly shaped items, difficult to fit in the trunk of a sedan, can easily be accommodated. Options to stow items in the 5-Door include cargo tie-downs and additional storage available in two hidden compartments located in the side panels.
The MAZDA 6 Sport Wagon also has the soul of a sports car, and provides multi-faceted cargo options. It rivals some SÚVs wîth its impressive cargo capacity, but trumps them all wîth its sporty driving character. The rear compartment boasts 33.7 cubic feet wîth the rear seats up and a generous 60.4 cubic feet when folded. The second-row seats also fold easily wîth the touch of a lever located near the tailgate. And again, there is no need to remove the headrests for a near-flat load floor. Tie-downs, a retractable cargo cover shade and a barrier-type net that emerges from the floor and attaches to the roof interior, all come standard.
A PACKAGE FOR EVERY APPLICATION
MAZDA 6 5-Door models begin wîth the well equipped i Sport featuring all the appointments of the Sports Sedan i Sport package. MAZDA 6 5-Door s Sport models add the V6 engine and automatic climate control, while s Grand Sport ups the ante wîth HID headlights, 18' wheels and tires, power moonroof, BOSE audio system, leather-trimmed seating and electroluminescent gauges.
MAZDA 6 Sport Wagon begins wîth the s trim, wîth similar equipment to the Sport Sedan's s Sport package, except wîth a black mesh grille. Stepping up to the s Sport adds a roof-mounted spoiler, a sport grille, lower side-sill extensions, lower bumper-mounted fog lights and automatic climate control. The s Grand Touring model adds the six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission, 18' wheels and tires and a BOSE sound system. Finally, the s Grand Touring model adds a power moonroof.
Mazda North American Operations is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer parts and service support of Mazda vehicles in the Únited States. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., MNAO has more than 700 dealerships nationwide.Source - Mazda
Marketed in Japan as the Atenza, the Mazda6 is a mid-sided sedan and station wagon. Te first-generation models had the ‘feel' of European company vehicles, while the second generation models were made larger for family passenger comfort though still maintaining Mazda's exceptional handling abilities. The 6's platform was also used on Ford Fusion, the Mercury Milan, the Lincoln MKX and Zephyr, as well as Ford's SUV's and minivans. Though there has been some talk of the production of a coupe and cabriolet, as of yet, these haven't materialized. Since its inception in 2002, more than 1 million Mazda6 cars have been sold.
The Mazda 6 continued to be built around a uni-body structure and was also still built at the AutoAlliance plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and continues to be a front-drive car with the engine situated transversely in the nose. The 6 is still a very conventional car, but the suspension is all-new with a sophisticated double-wishbone system up front and a supple multilink system in the rear. The station wagon is 187.8 inches long and weighed 3,404 lbs. The Mazda6 5-door station wagon featured the Mazda logo, the single or double horizontal front grill bars and the aggressive air dam gave both the sedan and the wagons a sporty look. It also featured a room, well-appointed interior.
The engines were both all-aluminum units with the base powerplant being a 2.3-liter, DOHC, 16-valve four that due to the variable valve timing, rated at 150 hp. Optional, the DOHC, 24-valve, V6 displaces 3.0 liters and also using variable timing is rated at 219 hp. The four comes with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, while both the V6's manual and automatic gearboxes feature five forward gears.
Though the Accord and Camry were aiming to be sportier, the Mazda 6 featured average handling dynamics, with steering performances from the power-assisted rack and pinion setup exemplary. The Mazda 6 has a turning circle of 38.7 feet, on the wider side for its class. The Mazda6 achieved 0-60mph in just 8.0 seconds.
The main downside seems to be in the rear seat room, though the legroom is generous at 36.5 inches, the shoulder room is only at 54.9 inches, 1.2 inches shorter than the Accord, and 1.8 inches shorter than the Camry. Both the Accord and Camry also feature more headroom, along with a more comfortable rake to the seatback.
By the end of its first year in production, the Mazda6 had ‘firmly established itself as a unique personality in a market segment often accused of being devoid of that trait'. Mazda pushed the envelope for 2004 by introduced two variations not available from the competition; a sport wagon and a five-door hatchback.
Available with both the four and V6 engines, the hatchback is much like the sedan. The sport wagon only comes with the V6, and only in the sportiest 'S' trim level. Both of these body styles increased the utility of the Mazda6, neither of these models lose the sedan's verve or charming character. The hatchback also makes the sedan obsolete, since it gives additional cargo space in a nearly identical package. The wagon is a step up by squeezing even more cargo room into a shape that considerably better looking than either of its smaller brothers.
The 2006 Mazda6 Sports Sedan has continued to set new standards for performance, styling and drivability in its class, and since its introduction in 2004, more than 70 awards for automotive excellence. In 2005, Mazda was the first to offer a six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission featuring manual shift mode in the midsize segment. This avant-garde technology is available on all Mazda A6's models. Additional new features this year included 17-inch alloy wheels standard on all Sports Sedans, 5-Door and Sport Wagon models, optional on base-trim models. Standard on all Sport and Grand Touring models was 8-way power driver's seat. Standard on Grand Touring was Bose® Audio/Moonroof package and optional on all Base and Sport models.
All 05 Mazda6 models came standard with power windows with driver-side one-touch down feature, power door locks and mirrors with keyless entry, along with front and rear overhead dual map lights that are tightly focused to minimize nighttime glare. To increase comfort and room, numerous storage areas were designed into the cabin which included overhead sunglass storage area, door pockets design to hold half-liter bottles, a center console with two cup holders covered by a damped lid and an expandable pocket on the driver's seat back.
On the inside, the Mazda6 is full of spacious comfort for five adults inside an inviting cabin with an attractive interior. The center armrest offers two compartments for storage, CDs and a second 12V outlet. It is easy to handle odd-sized cargo, simply fold down one or both portions of the 60/40 rear seat. The seatbacks are spring-loaded and fold down with a single pull of the release levers, which are conveniently located in the trunk. Inside there was also a three-spoke steering wheel which offered tilt and telescopic adjustments along with integrated cruise and supplemental audio controls.
The instrumentation inside the Mazda6 included an analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel and engine temperature gauges along with a digital readout for ambient outside air temperature. Standard on all cars was a loud, six-speaker integrated AM/FM/CD sound system, while available upgrades include an in-dash six-CD changer, a cassette deck, an MP3 player or a MiniDisc Player. Standard on Grand Touring models was a 200-watt Bose® sound system, it was also available as an option, comprising a six-disc in-dash CD changer, four 25-watt speakers, a tweeter mounted in the A-pillar of each door, an amplifier and a 100-watt subwoofer. Also included with this package was a power tilt/slide glass moonroof with interior sunshade.
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