Moscow International Auto Show 2012 2012 All-New Mazda6 Saloon

Aug 29, 2012
Author: Evgeniy Sherstobitov
Photos: Mazda
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The all-new Mazda6, which celebrates its world premiere at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show, is the second of a new generation of Mazda vehicles which adopt the Japanese company’s full range of SKYACTIV technology and the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language. Mazda has consistently strived to provide stylish, insightful and spirited cars and the new generation vehicles – the CX-5 compact SUV and new Mazda6 flagship model – deliver a high-quality, exhilarating driving experience, while offering outstanding environmental and safety performance.

Mazda's environmental technology development is directed by its Building Block Strategy which first calls for thorough improvements in already well established automotive technologies.  The next step builds on these improvements with the sequential introduction of electric devices designed to improve fuel economy.


“In developing the third-generation Mazda6, we pursued Mazda’s intrinsic core value: ‘driving pleasure’.  We wanted to create a car that reacts and behaves exactly as you expect it to.  Part of this involved carefully crafting those parts of the car which you often touch to feel as though they are an extension of your own body,” says Hiroshi Kajiyama, the new Mazda6 programme manager.

“The distinctive exterior design hints at the power and agility with which the car moves.  A variety of original innovations support a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.  Mazda’s superb engineering and craftsmanship have created a car that handles so well it seems to respond directly to the driver’s intentions rather than the physical manipulations of steering, braking and accelerating.

“In short, the new Mazda6 offers the ‘joy of driving’ that people have come to expect from a Mazda, but now the experience starts even before you get behind the wheel and lingers long after the drive is over.  I can’t wait to see the look on the faces of people getting out of the car after their first time behind the wheel of the new Mazda6,” adds Kajiyama.

New Mazda6 is the production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept car first showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. “The new Mazda6 has a robust framework and a low, wide stance that expresses strength and stability, creating the impression of amazing vitality, without detracting from the universal aesthetic appeal and beautiful form it displays as a C-D segment car,” says chief designer Akira Tamatani.

“We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realise a powerful presence.  Simply looking at the car heightens one’s expectations about the driving experience even before actually riding in it.”

At a single glance, the exterior design of the 4.8-metre long saloon conveys animal-like tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare through its smooth and powerful physique.  The coordinated interior, in keynote black, is both chic and contemporary without compromising on a timeless feeling of luxury and quality.

Exterior


    At the front, the ‘signature wing’ is incorporated, a unifying element of the new Mazda family design, set into the deeply sculpted face.  The hood creases extend from the tips of the signature wing and flow into the body character lines.  Together with the solid design of the nose, they complement the overall dynamic form of the body that expresses a strong desire for motion.
    Three character lines dominate the side view – an elegant line that extends forward from the rear wheel, a rear fender line suggesting driving force from the vehicle’s hind quarters, and a front fender line denoting strong shoulders supporting nimble front feet. The combination of these lines captures the form of a predator crouched and ready to leap forward in an explosion of movement.
    The rear view displays stability through the well balanced proportions of the wedge-shape body, prominent rear fender and compact cabin.
    For the head lights, signature LED luminescence and halo ring light guides are adopted for the first time in a Mazda production vehicle.
    The first use of ‘Soul Red’ paint, a new colour born of a unique technological process developed by Mazda, that balances depth and shading which accentuate the car’s dynamic form, and vividness which expresses sportiness.

Interior


    The driver-oriented cockpit offers generous space.  Three instruments laid out symmetrically beneath the meter hood heighten the expectation for exciting driving.
    The front passenger side space provides a sense of both openness and safety with the decorative horizontal line extending through the centre panel to the air-conditioning louvers.
    Soft materials are used for areas frequently touched by occupants, such as the door trims and the upper part of the dashboard panel.
    The decorative centre stack panel features two colors, ‘Bordeaux metal’ and ‘Dark metal’.
    White scale markings appear to stand out from the instrument gauge faces which feature a combination of spindle groove and honeycomb patterning to achieve a feeling of depth and quality craftsmanship.  An encircling metal ring completes a tasteful design for each gauge which conveys a zeal for driving.

A spacious and comfortable environment is provided within the new Mazda6 model’s dynamic and elegant body form created by KODO design.  The cabin offers an environment where the driver can relax and concentrate on the pleasure of driving.  A feeling of anticipation is stirred every time you look at the car, run your hand over the door handle, grasp the steering wheel or adjust the interior mirror.


Two fundamental aims directed the development of the interior packaging.  The first was to realise a spacious, comfortable cabin that perfectly matches KODO design.  The second was to refine the Human Machine Interface (HMI) to create a cockpit environment where the driver can feel completely at ease.  The new Mazda6 features packaging that achieves these goals and provides driver and passengers with a great environment in which to relish the ‘joy of driving’.

Spacious, comfortable cabin that perfectly matches KODO design

    The 2,830mm long wheelbase (105mm longer than previous model) creates generous front and rear space and a broad canvas for the unrestrained expression of KODO.
    Large 19-inch diameter wheels create a feeling of unshakable stability.
    Compared to the previous model, the front wheel has been moved forward by 100mm in relation to the A-pillar resulting in reduced front overhang.  The rear deck is also shorter than the previous model.  The car’s stance, with the bulk of the mass toward the rear, gives a sense of explosive power ready to be unleashed at any moment.
    Shoulder room of 1,450mm in the front seat (20mm wider than previous model) and a large radius to the corners of the centre console, ensure comfortable seating.
    The rear seats feature ample legroom with a knee clearance 43mm greater than the previous model and amongst the best in class.  Legroom is 984mm, 37mm more than the previous model.  The length of the rear seat cushion is increased by 20mm and the seat back height by 33mm.  The rear centre arm rest has been enlarged by 60mm.
    The trunk was designed from an ergonomic perspective.  The upper opening width is 32mm wider than on the previous model, for easy loading.  A swan-style hinge ensures easy and smooth opening and closing of the trunk.
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