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ALL-NEW MAZDA6 NAMED ON WARD’S ‘10 BEST INTERIORS’ LIST
The all-new Mazda6 has been named on WardsAuto World’s 10 Best Interiors list, as chosen by the publication’s editors.
All new or significantly changed production vehicles are eligible for review by the editors of Wards Auto. Interiors are rated based on material selection, ergonomics, driver information, safety, overall value, touch points/comfort, fit and finish as well as aesthetics/design harmony. There is no price cap for vehicle entries.
Andrew Clearwater, Mazda New Zealand Managing Director, says the number of accolades the all new Mazda6 is starting to receive from around the world highlights what a fantastic vehicle it is.
“The all new Mazda6 really goes beyond expectations for this segment making a striking statement of design that is really connecting with New Zealand motorists”
The all-new Mazda6 features Mazda’s new KODO – “Soul of Motion” design and is the second vehicle in the Mazda line-up to fully incorporate SKYACTIV Technology – Mazda’s engineering philosophy of building fuel efficient vehicles without compromising power and dynamics. Mazda6 offers both powerful performance and excellent fuel economy and a choice of Sedan or Wagon body styles. The highly efficient economical SKYACTIV Petrol or Diesel Engines deliver fuel economy from only 5.4l/100km (combined).
The awards had previously been called “Auto Interiors of the Year” as part of the annual Auto Interiors Show held in Detroit. WardsAuto now presents the honour as Ward’s 10 Best Interiors, a centrepiece of its WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Michigan on May 22nd 2013.
All-New Mazda6 Named A Finalist for World Car Design of the Year
The all new Mazda6’s stunning design has resulted in the vehicle been named a finalist in the 2013 World Car Design of the Year Award.
Outlasting Renault, Land Rover and Volkswagen in the latest round of the voting, the all-new Mazda6 will share the stage with the Aston Martin Vanquish and Jaguar F-Type at the New York International Auto Show where a winner will be announced during a press conference on March 28th 2013.
Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand says for the all new Mazda6 to be considered alongside top of the range iconic vehicles as the Aston Martin and Jaguar F-Type is a fantastic achievement for the Mazda6 design team.
“When we first saw the initial designs we knew the all new Mazda6 was going to be special but in the flesh it surpassed our expectations and the public and motoring media in New Zealand have certainly been impressed by the muscular manner of the design. With pronounced sheet metal strokes, the vehicle evokes a controlled intensity, seemingly moving yet standing still.”
Mazda’s new mid-size features the brand’s KODO “Soul of Motion” design language, which is inspired by the movement of animals in the wild – their ability to showcase power in its purest form combined with agile finesse. KODO’s prominent personality, inside and out, easily distinguishes the Mazda6 from the competition.
The World Car of the Year awards was inaugurated in 2003 to reflect the reality of the global marketplace as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale.
A jury of 66 top-level automotive journalists representing nearly every continent selects the finalists every year. For specific categories, such as Green Car and Design, a panel of experts in each field reviews each candidate and provides recommendations for the jurors. This year’s design experts are Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan), Silvia Baruffaldi (Italy), Gernot Bracht (Germany), Sam Livingstone (UK) and Tom Matano (United States).
On sale now, the all-new Mazda6 pricing starts at $45,495.00 (including GST, plus ORC) for the GLX 2.0L Petrol wagon and $49,095.00 (including GST, plus ORC) for the GLX 2.2L Diesel wagon or sedan. It is the second vehicle in the Mazda lineup to fully incorporate SKYACTIV technology the company’s breakthrough engineering approach toward increasing overall vehicle efficiency. Offering both powerful performance and improved fuel economy, the all-new Mazda6 has class-leading fuel economy of 6.0 l/100km and CO2 emissions of only 139 g/km for the 2.0L SKYACTIV-G petrol model and 6.6 l/100km and 154 g/km for the 2.5L model. The SKYACTIV-D diesel model has the world’s lowest compression ratio and powerful torque of 420Nm @ 2000rpm remarkably only uses 5.4 l/100km fuel.
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