Third generation 2014 Mazda6 announced

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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When the Mazda6 was introduced for the 2002 model year it arrived as a successor to the 626 that had been in production since 1978 and had already gone through five generations. Now, the Mazda6 is about to enter its third generation as a forthcoming 2014 model. In anticipation of the new car's arrival, Mazda has revealed several teaser images, which collectively provide a very good insight into what the new mid-size sedan will look like.

What the teaser images reveal is that the 2014 Mazda6 bears a close resemblance to the Mazda Takeri concept car that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show last November. The likeness is especially apparent when comparing front ends, as both share similarly styled headlights, front grilles and fog lights.

The new, 2014 Mazda6 will be revealed at next month's Moscow International Automobile Salon, and more information will be announced during a press conference on Wednesday, August 29th. Opening day of the Moscow show for the public begins on August 31st.

In addition to the teaser images Mazda has revealed that the 2014 Mazda6 will be the automaker's second vehicle to fully incorporate the company's SKYACTIV Technology. The first Mazda model to fully incorporate SKYACTIV technology is the CX-5 crossover sport utility vehicle, although a specific Mazda3 model features some SKYACTIV technology. SKYACTIV includes engines, transmissions and vehicle architectures all designed to provide impressive efficiency, safety, performance, and driving pleasure, with less harmful environmental impact.

Specifically, Mazda will display a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre gasoline engine mated to a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission at its Moscow show stand. The show car will also be outfitted with Mazda's i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. An abbreviation for "Intelligent Energy Loop," the i-ELOOP system begins to recover kinetic energy as soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal and the vehicle begins to slow down. According to Mazda, vehicles equipped with i-ELOOP benefit from approximately 10-percent better fuel economy during "stop-and-go" commutes, due to reduced electrical generation loads placed on the engine.

In addition to its arrival in Moscow, Mazda will also reveal the complete range of Mazda6 vehicles in September at the 2012 Paris motor show. The range will likely include different engine choices, various transmissions, and perhaps the return of a wagon body style, which was introduced on the first-generation model but not continued for the second generation in Canada. The Paris show opens to the public on September 29th.
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Topics: Sedan, Mazda, 2014, Mazda6, $20,000 - $29,999, $30,000 - $39,999, Midsize,

Organizations: Mazda

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