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Seeking the Finer Things in Life: 2017 Mazda6 Makes Global Debut

Mazda's Midsize Sedan Adds G-Vectoring Control, Heightened Refinement and Newly Available Nappa Leather Interior Appointments
IRVINE, Calif. (August 9, 2016) – Mazda North American Operations today introduced the 2017 Mazda6, gaining further premium refinements and continuing to redefine the notion that one need not compromise driving pleasure for practicality and efficiency.

Long regarded as one of the best-handling, most-engaging vehicles in its §egmènt, Mazda6 again raises the bar wîth Mazda's first application of the all-new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) in North America. GVC is the first in a series of new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the car's Jinba Ittai—'horse and rider as one'—feel.

GVC benefits drivers wîth more precise control of their vehicles, which its engineers have designed to help reduce the need for §teering corrections, leading to greater confidence and control both in day-to-day and spirited driving.

But engineers didn't stop there. Their desire to seek constantly higher goals led them to bestow Mazda6 wîth greatly enhanced sound insulation.

Úsing improved door seals, tighter tolerance between panels and sound insulation materials added to the underbody, rear console, headliner and doors, the aim for Mazda6 was to outclass common midsize-§egmènt cars wîth its attractive design and establish a unique 'Mazda Premium' positioning. Further improvements include thicker front glass to block wind noise, and Grand Touring models receive laminated front side windows.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 184 hp
Torque: 185 ft-lbs

6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
The 2017 Mazda6 also receives available Nappa leather seating surfaces wîth contrast-color piping in Grand Touring models equipped wîth the Premium Package. Other Premium Package contents include a black headliner and heated §teering wheel wîth traditional Japanese chidori stitching similar to what can be found in CX-9 Signature models, heated rear outboard seats, i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology and a bright metallic finish to switches and trim throughout the interior.


Other improvements include a newly available full-color Active Driving Display wîth font made uniform to what is found in the rest of Mazda6's displays for both clarity and conformity as well as a 4.6-inch, full-color TFT meter display in Grand Touring models. Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane-Keep Assist and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring have also made their way into the 2017 Mazda6. Entry Mazda6 Sport models now come equipped wîth MAZDA CONNECTTM when equipped wîth a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission as well as the available SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic.

These enhancements join a long list of upgrades made to the previous year's Mazda6, which included a completely redesigned interior, a new front fascia when equipped wîth full LED headlights in certain models, an LED-backlit 'signature wing' grille, seven-inch MAZDA CONNECTTM display wîth Commander control knob, white LED interior lighting, electronic parking brake and Sport Mode switch in models equipped wîth automatic transmissions.

In the Ú.S., Mazda6 continues to be one of the few midsize sedans offered wîth an available manual transmission for discerning enthusiasts. All Ú.S. models are powered by a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine.

The 2017 Mazda6 arrives in dealers in September, wîth pricing to be announced closer to its on-sale date.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the Únited States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

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Supreme quality and an even more sophisticated presence

Mazda6 established its strong presence by directly expressing the KODO—Soul of Motion design language. Its first update in 2015 evolved its exterior design to become bolder and more masculine and made a leap forward in quality refinement of the interior design.

One of the focuses of this update is the further improvement of interior quality. Along wîth the latest design and functions being introduced, there is a new interior package that features Nappa leather seats. The subtle beauty of carefully selected genuine materials and thought-out color coordination, together wîth a sense of rich taste that deepens wîth every touch.

Exterior design

This update adds newly developed Machine Gray Metallic to the lineup of body colors.

Machine Gray Metallic accentuates the dynamic yet delicate surface structure of KODO design, treating color as an element of form. It marks the second premium finish color following Soul Red Metallic. With 'the beauty of a machine's strength and precision' as its theme, Machine Gray Metallic emphasizes KODO's beauty by achieving an exquisite balance of high-contrast shadows and a high-density finish. To create this color, the TAKÚMINÚRI painting technology developed for Soul Red Metallic was further advanced to increase the reflective layer's contraction ratio during the drying process. As a result, aluminum flakes are uniformly aligned in a regular pattern within a reflective layer that is only 2.5 microns thick—about a quarter of the thickness of a conventional reflective layer. It produces a metallic texture as realistic as a professionally hand-painted finish, yet enables mass-production wîth a simple three-coat paint structure consisting of clear, reflective and color coats.

Seven other colors are available in the Ú.S.: Soul Red Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Titanium Flash Mica, Blue Reflex Mica, Deep Crystal Blue, Jet Black Mica and Snowflake White Pearl Mica.

Interior design

The 2015 interior redesign greatly improved presence and quality in the Mazda6 interior. This update achieves more elegance and even better usability by refining every last detail and strengthening functionality.

Steering wheel

Mazda6 adopted a new §teering wheel design first introduced in the 2016 CX-9. The smaller center pad, combined wîth the same outer diameter, contributes to a sharper form. Narrower satin chrome plating on the lower spoke expresses the structure of the §teering wheel. Rigidity, fine texture and detailed craftsmanship are built into the design. Also, leather continues to wrap the §teering wheel for a firm and smooth grip.

The three levels of §teering switches on the previous horizontal spokes have been integrated into a single level. Heightened usability that matches natural finger movement and a clean design around the switches combine wîth satin chrome plating on the bezel surrounding the switches to accentuate the refreshingly stylish design. In Mazda6 Grand Touring models equipped wîth the Premium Package i, the §teering wheel is laced together wîth the same traditional Japanese 'chidori' thread pattern as what is found on the wheel of CX-9 Signature.

Also new is an available §teering heater. The heaters in the grip at three o'clock and nine o'clock positions support safer and more comfortable winter driving. A new switch next to the seat heater switch controls the §teering heaters, which turn off automatically about 30 minutes after being turned on.

More legible Active Driving Display and meters

This update focuses on improving the driving environment by raising the legibility of the Active Driving Display and meters to help drivers concentrate more on driving itself.

The Active Driving Display has been upgraded from the previous monochrome to full-color wîth higher brightness, definition and contrast. Its warnings are displayed in red and amber colors and it expresses information more smoothly, in more ways, to greatly enhance visibility and at-a-glance readability in various conditions regardless of weather and time.

The multi-information display on the right side of the triple meter cluster has been switched from the previous monochrome to a full-color TFT that enables richer expression wîth higher definition and contrast. This upgraded higher definition color display features more diverse functions, including a water temperature gauge that displays lower temperatures in blue and higher temperatures in red and a graphic compass. The design maintains consistency by using the same fonts as in the center display—subtly redesigned for better clarity and consistency.

Enhanced driving position memory

Besides multiple seating positions, a seat memory function can now save the angle, brightness and content setting of the Active Driving Display along wîth it. This function allows multiple drivers to always enjoy an optimized driving environment.

Rear Seat Heaters


New for the Ú.S. are rear seat heaters in the outboard rear seats in Mazda6, available in Grand Touring models equipped wîth the Premium Package. Seats bottoms are operated using controls in the center armrest between the seats.

An improved quality feel for the rear center armrest

On models wîth a rear seat heater, plating has been added to the control switch bezel installed on the rear center armrest. Also, the armrest is decorated wîth stitching to match the seats, highlighting the high-quality features of the model.

Quality and elegance shine in a new high-quality interior package

The Mazda6 already features a flagship-quality interior achieved through stylish design, thorough modeling and a finish refined to the last detail. This update sees a new interior package made available that further refines the high-quality feel of the model. Excellent craftsmanship heightens the premium quality and matures the value and attraction wîth higher, more sophisticated quality.

Higher quality materials, colors and decorations are coordinated to express the subtle elegance of the high-quality interior package. Rather than bold transformation of the design, delicate refinement of the entire interior space down to the last detail makes the Mazda6's unique elegance stand out.

Exclusive coordination

High-quality Nappa leather seats wîth a plush, smooth feeling are installed in this interior package. Their surface is processed to bring out the natural leather texture, and they are accented wîth piping on the edges to show skilled tailoring and quality texture.

With either black- or almond-colored Nappa leather, he ceiling and pillars are black in both variations, contributing to a chic and rich interior space. The bright white interior creates a feeling of richness. The almond color textures contrast wîth the black ceiling and pillars. On the other hand, the black interior expresses taut, reassuring elegance through consistent black coloring throughout the entire interior highlighted by colored piping and stitches on the seats.

Warmer-toned titanium coloring wîth a metallic finish was chosen to complement the instrument panel, door-trim power window switch panels and shift panel. The titanium color is also used for all seat piping to harmonize the overall interior.

Additionally, the §teering wheel's center badge is accented wîth a plated ring. Quality finishing even extends to the details of the most inconspicuous parts, such as the leather wrapping on the non-satin-plated parts of the lower §teering wheel spoke and specially designed stitches on the §teering wheel's grip. Improvements have also focused on the texture and usability of small parts touched directly by hands such as the satin chrome plating on the power seat switches and glove box knob.

Overhead console wîth LED downlights

LED downlights have been chosen for the overhead console. The LED's brightness lightens the area around the floor console to improve night-time operability inside the vehicle.

Driving Dynamics

More intriguing and refined driving via the latest technology


Mazda pursues ideal Jinba Ittai. Toward that end, Mazda has been building cars based on a human-centered design philosophy that prioritizes people and aims to energize their minds and bodies as they drive. By consistently applying this approach, we will continuously strive to produce technologies that offer customers safety and peace of mind, and advance the quality of our vehicles in both the static and dynamic realms.

The Mazda6 delivers linear and smooth response to every driving input, delivering an experience as if the car and driver were one. The 2015 update focused on refining the pleasure of driving by enhancing smoothness and quietness based on the human-centered design philosophy.

This update takes driving quality even further by introducing G-Vectoring Control (GVC), the first of the new-generation SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS control technologies, and improving NVH performance for quieter, more comfortable driving. Mazda's ever-evolving latest technology provides refined, dynamic performance, enabling high-quality driving that matches the driver's will.

SKYACTIV VEHICLE DYNAMICS is a new-generation vehicle dynamics control technology designed to evolve Jinba Ittai

A new addition to the suite of SKYACTIV Technology, SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS is the name of Mazda's new-generation vehicle dynamics control technologies. These provide integrated control over the SKYACTIV engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the car's Jinba Ittai feel – a sense of connectedness between car and driver that differentiates Mazda vehicles from others.

G-Vectoring Control (GVC) – a new control technology that uses the engine to enhance chassis performance

G-Vectoring Control (GVC) makes its debut on the updated Mazda3 as the first technology in the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS series. Historically, Mazda has pursued smooth transitions between G-forces when braking, turning and accelerating as it considers this an essential element of Jinba Ittai. GVC is based on the revolutionary idea of using the engine to enhance chassis performance, allied to Mazda's human-centered development philosophy, and achieves an even smoother transition of G-forces in all driving situations.

To date, lateral and longitudinal acceleration (G) forces have been controlled separately. GVC adjusts engine torque in response to §teering wheel action, delivering unified control over both of these forces and optimizing the vertical load on each wheel.

This new control technology enables smooth and efficient vehicle behavior. GVC controls engine drive torque to generate deceleration G the instant the driver begins turning the §teering wheel, thereby shifting load to the front wheels. This increases front wheel tire grip, enhancing the vehicle's responsiveness. Thereafter, when the driver maintains a constant §teering angle, GVC immediately recovers engine drive torque, transferring load to the rear wheels to enhance vehicle stability. This series of load transfers draws out much more grip from the front and rear tires, enhancing vehicle responsiveness and stability better aligned wîth the driver's intentions.

The effect of GVC is very natural and does not impose any feeling of discomfort on the driver or passengers. This is because the human-centric development concept employed produces a reaction rate and amount of control that is aligned wîth human sensibilities. The reaction time from the moment the driver turns the §teering wheel is quick enough to be imperceptible, and the extremely subtle amount of deceleration force added by GVC normally amounts to 0.01 G or less. One of the features of GVC is a natural driving feel enhanced by quicker and more precise control than is possible for a human driver to achieve.

GVC is only possible thanks to SKYACTIV engines, which enable precise control of drive torque, and the SKYACTIV-CHASSIS, which facilitates ideal vehicle behavior. As a highly versatile technology, GVC can be deployed in any SKYACTIV model, irrespective of its specific drivetrain or category. In addition, since GVC is a software control system, there is no weight increase due to additional hardware components.

GVC demonstrates its effect consistently over a wide range of driving situations, regardless of the driver's level of skill. Whether traveling at everyday low speeds, driving in a straight line at high speeds, traversing winding roads or making emergency evasive maneuvers, this control technology offers a number of benefits. Because GVC optimizes the vertical load on the tires to match the driving conditions and keep the vehicle following the driver's intended path, it greatly reduces the amount and frequency of necessary §teering corrections, many of which are unconscious. This enables the driver to more easily maintain his or her intended line, creating a stronger feeling of unity between driver and car, instilling greater confidence in driving, and reducing accumulated fatigue on long drives.

Also, by smoothing the transitions between G-forces experienced by the driver and passengers and thereby suppressing swaying of their heads and bodies, GVC provides all occupants wîth a more comfortable and enjoyable drive.

Lastly, GVC delivers better handling and greater stability on slippery surfaces, such as in the rain or when driving on snowy roads. It enhances the feeling that the tires are firmly gripping the road and gives vehicle occupants a greater sense of security.

NVH performance

Road and wind noise reduction


In the 2015 update, the Mazda6 took a leap forward in terms of quietness at highway speeds and on rough roads by applying various measures throughout the vehicle. For further improvements in quietness, efforts were exerted in the 2017 update to enhance sound insulation and greatly enhance the clarity of conversations during driving.

The measures introduced include thorough suppression of noise entry through gaps by molding weather strip terminals around doors and improving the sealing performance between rear door trims and inner panels as well as between seaming welts and body flanges in the front and rear doors. Moreover, the use of significantly thicker front door glass and the wider application of sound-absorbing materials in the headliner improve sound insulation and absorption performance.

Soundproof glass wîth an acoustic membrane between glass layers was chosen for the top-trim Grand Touring model's front door glass, similar to what can be found in CX-9 Grand Touring and Signature models.

Continuous evolution of new-generation direct injection engine SKYACTIV-G

This update further improves the driving quality of SKYACTIV-DRIVE equipped vehicles. Mazda identified the factors that control linear vehicle response and refined torque rise characteristics after pressing on the accelerator pedal to make response more linear. Highly responsive SKYACTIV-G combines wîth the refined performance of SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission or SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual.

Safety

Safety performance continues to advance for all our customers


The 2015 update introduced i-ACTIVSENSE* on the Mazda6 to enhance recognition support for the driver wîth new functions. Its already outstanding safety performance is combined wîth various leading safety technologies to ensure an enjoyable and secure driving experience.

The 2017 Mazda6 seeks to further improve safety performance by adding new functions to i-ACTIVSENSE. A newly added camera on Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) makes it easier to detect pedestrians during forward movement and widens the range of speeds over which the system operates. A newly developed Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system also automatically identifies traffic signs and notifies the driver. In addition, Smart Brake Support (SBS) has been advanced to operate over a wider speed range.

The Mazda6 advances continuously by adopting the latest functions to provide superior safety performance in all driving conditions.

*i-ACTIVSENSE is an umbrella term covering a series of advanced safety technologies that employ detection devices such as milliwave radar units and cameras to support the driver in recognizing hazards, avoiding collisions, and minimizing damage in the event an accident does occur.

Active safety: i-ACTIVSENSE

Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR)


The Forward Sensing Camera can detect speed signs during driving and display the identified speed limit in the Active Driving Display. It warns the driver by blinking graphics on the display three times when the speed exceeds the limit. Audible alert by sounding a buzzer is also available. This encourages safer driving and helps the driver always feel confident by preventing speed signs from being overlooked. With TSR, Mazda6 can display speed limits on roads without the presence of speed signs because its maps in the navigation system contain speed limit data. Also, North American-specification models can identify No Entry and Stop signs.

Smart Brake Support (SBS)

SBS detects vehicles and obstacles on the road ahead while driving and helps avoid collisions and mitigate damage by sounding an audible alert and applying the brakes in two stages. The 2017 model receives an update wîth an extended operation speed range from the previous approximate 9–90 mph to 9–99 mph by combining the existing millimeter-wave radar wîth a newly developed Forward Sensing Camera.

Note: The system's ability to prevent a collision is limited by road conditions and other environmental factors.

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The 2003 Mazda 6 four-door sedan was the successor to the Mazda 626 which ran from 1979 until 2002. The 6 was introduced just one month after the 626 ended production in August of 2002 to speedily fill the sales gap. The Mazda 6 was designed to appeal to a slightly sportier, less utilitarian buyer. 'It is the first new product to represent what Mark Fields, president of Mazda Motor Corporation, calls 'Mazda's brand DNA.' This DNA rules that Mazda be a car that is styling, insightful and spirited.

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.

For 2006 Mazda introduced a thrill-packed version of its midsize sedan in the form of the MazdaSpeed6. A turbocharged, all-wheel drive Mazda6, the MazdaSpeed6 was more than just a turbo version of the sedan. The MazdaSpeed6 is unique beyond its turbo in the fact that it features direct injection of fuel into its cylinders rather than mixing the fuel with air upstream of the combustion chambers as it conventional. The Speed also featured the all-wheel-drive system, the 2.3-liter, DOHC, 16-valve four-cylinder engine. The engine also works out to 272 hp which is channeled through a six-speed manual transmission before the advanced all-wheel-drive system electronically determines which wheels can use the torque first.

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