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By Steve Moody
10 October 2007 10:28
When the first 6 came out in 2002, it was a genuinely surprising and enjoyable product in the stale upper-medium market. But they grow up so fast these days, and only five years later the 6 is being replaced. This car is almost entirely new, and despite trading bits and pieces from the Ford parts bin, Mazda has gone it alone and the new 6 (available in saloon, hatch and estate form) shares almost nothing with its Mondeo cousin. Which seeing how good the Mondeo is, might be seen as an unnecessary risk.
Absolutely. And hints of a samurai sword, a sumo wrestler and a jewellery box. According to chief designer Youichi Sato, the 6 has the combination of the contrast between sharp and soft of the forest, the taught calmness and explosive power of the sword and sumo and the craftsmanship of the box. Or ‘Yugen’, ‘Rin’ and ‘Seichi’. All a touch on the ethereal side but pointing to the shift in design thinking at Mazda: its cars must be Japanese in style, and not bland Euro-replicas. Hmm. So wide, sharply creased front wheelarches, slashed headlights, low glass and deep body is the style. And it works. There’s no jumbotron Mondeo styling here. The 6 is a very sharky, good-looking car indeed and it looks particularly suited to the Japanese national colour of white.
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RE: Mazda 6 2.0 (2007) CAR review
I`ve always perceived this brand as an image of dynamism, independence and strength. But I must confess this model quite attracts me and I can see it`s also suitable for a family car, confortable and safe for long road trips. I guess I`ll just soon pay a visit to Mazda Philadelphia for a drive test.
11 February 2011 18:21
It seems you are not the only person to have though of that. I've seen a previous Mazda model that had Anime swords glued to the sides. I found it quite unique although I'd never do that to my own car. Still, others have the same vision when seeing a MAzda otherwise I don't udnerstand why some guy decided he should have swords on his car.
28 January 2011 11:35
Mazda6 2.0 TS
Just drove past my local Ford/Mazda dealer and spotted (out the corner of my eye!!) the stunning new Mazda6. Thought I'd pop in and ask for a test drive and, luckily, the demo model (a 2.0 TS) was just on its way back in. 50 yards down the road and I had a big grin on my face, the sharp steering and slick gear change (unlike the rather awkward shift on my new 3 series!!) felt superb. The slightly over light steering is forgiveable as it has such a quick turn in. This car doesn't feel anything like as big as it actually is, probably due to the superb cody control and the fact that mazda has managed to trim some of the weight off. As has already been said, Ford could take a lesson from Mazda. I've had a mondeo before, but with the new 6 about, I wouldn't even consider one (even the new one)again.
29 January 2008 10:44
Putting the want one into d segment
Ford, there's a lesson in the Mazda 6. Common, rep-mobile and D segment, doesn't have to be boring. The Mondeo may well drive well (doesn't the 6 also ?!?!?), and be solid, but lets be honest your never going to catch one out of the corner of your eye and say 'cor, thats pretty cool.'
Mazda had a dog called the 626 that they completely re-invented with the 1st generation 6. They've now proved that that wasn't a fluke by upping the ante with ther new 6 (a not insignificant task).
Well done Mazda. You deserve all the success you get.
Are you listening Mr Ford...with all the red ink........
13 January 2008 20:39
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