|2013 Mazda 6 Sedan (concept)|
The rather old and poor-selling Mazda6 is finally being replaced with a sexy next-generation sedan. All next-generation Mazda6 sedans sold in North America will be produced at a Mazda plant in Japan, as Mazda has ended its involvement with Ford at the "AutoAlliance" plant in Michigan, and is looking to sell its portion of the Michigan assembly plant. Furthermore, Ford itself has sold off almost all of its financial stake in Mazda in recent years as Ford is clearly focused on pursuing its "One Ford" world car-platform strategy (Focus, Fiesta, Fusion/Mondeo, et al)
The concept version of the new Mazda6 sedan (called the "Takeri" at the upcoming Geneva auto show) features a unique powertrain consisting of a "SkyActiv-D" clean diesel engine (the 175-horsepower, 309 pound-feet torque, 2.2-liter turbodiesel shared with the Mazda CX crossover family) with start-stop technology and the automaker's SkyActiv suite of chassis-weight-reduction and aerodynamic tweaks to boost the vehicle's fuel efficiency. Those tweaks include a new regenerative braking system called i-Eloop - a first for Mazda. This motor is mated to a specialized six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Mazda6 is due to be launched as a 2013 model - and will still likely be known as the Mazda Atenza in its home market.
[Edited 2012-03-02 21:23:37]