HIROSHIMA, JAPAN – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has revealed the all-new Mazda6 and confirmed that sales will start in late summer 2008. Specifically developed for North America, the all-new Mazda6 inherits and evolves the sporty styling and driving performance of the first generation Mazda6. The North American model features a larger body and greater engine displacement to meet the particular demands of the North American market. Handling and comfort were also optimized for North American road conditions.
"Following the CX-7 and the CX-9, the 2009 North American Mazda6 is the third model that was designed and engineered specifically to meet the needs of our North American customers," said Daniel T. Morris, Mazda's senior managing executive officer in charge of marketing and overseas sales. "The mid-size sedan segment is extremely competitive and the Mazda6 will be up against some of the best vehicles in the industry."
The all-new North American Mazda6 will be powered by Mazda's newly developed 2.5L inline four-cylinder (I4) engine and its 3.7L V-6 engine. The I4 engine is already available in the European and Japanese Mazda6 models, and the V-6 promises an exhilarating ride, coming straight from the 2008 North American Truck of the Year, the Mazda CX-9. A six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode will be available for the I4 engine. The V-6 will be coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode. The North American Mazda6 will be available only as a four-door sedan.
The all-new North American Mazda6 will be produced at AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Mich., a joint venture with partner Ford Motor Company, as it has been since the first Mazda6 launched in 2002.