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Mazda6 hatchback

Mazda Atenza/Mazda6
Class:midsize car
Production:2003 — present
Predecessor:Mazda Capella/626
Body Styles:sedan
station wagon
Engines:2.3 L MZR I4
3.0 L Duratec V6
Related:Ford Fusion
Lincoln Zephyr
This article is part of the Mazda automobile series.

The Mazda Atenza or Mazda6 is an automobile from the Japanese carmaker Mazda. It replaced the Capella/626. The model lineup consists of 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and wagon (also known as estate), available with a 2.3 litre 4-cylinder Z-family engine with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed (with sequential-automatic option, dubbed the "4-Speed Sport AT") automatic gearbox, or a 3.0 litre Ford Duratec V6 engine with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox (with sequential-automatic option, dubbed the "6-Speed Sport AT"). European versions also feature a four-cylinder turbo diesel. In its first years, the Mazda6 came with a 4-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic "AT," and 5-speed manual transmission. During 2004, a 6-speed automatic became available. Final drive is to the front wheels only in most markets, though full-time all-wheel-drive models are available in Japan and Europe.

Not all configurations are available in all areas - for example, the Mazda 6 as released in Australia was a four-cylinder car only, while the last 626 which it replaced was a four- or six-cylinder car. This has led to much amusement as to the choice of names. Speaking of which, the name Atenza is used only in Japan - the Mazda 6 name is used everywhere else in the world.

Like the 626 before it, Ford is using the Mazda6 "CD3" platform as the basis for a number of other vehicles, including the upcoming entry-level Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr, next-generation Lincoln Aviator, and a range of SUVs and minivans. Ford also plans to add a Hybrid powertrain on the platform. For its part, Mazda themselves refer to this chassis as either the GG (sedan/hatch) or GY (wagon) series - following the previous 626/Capella in its GF/GW series.

North American Mazda 6 production is handled at the AutoAlliance International plant. The first Mazda 6 rolled off this Flat Rock, Michigan assembly line on October 1, 2002, one month after production of the 626 ended. There are also satellite plants building Mazda 6 models in China and Thailand.

Mazdaspeed 6

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2005 Mazdaspeed 6

The 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 is a high-performance version of the Mazda6. It features a turbocharged version of the 2.3 L MZR I4 which produces 276 hp. It has a revised front fascia with a raised hood, a 6-speed transmission, and all wheel drive. Mazda currently has no plans to enter the car into rally racing, and the Mazdaspeed 6 is meant to compete with its Japanese-made turbocharged contemporary, the Subaru Legacy GT and similar sport sedans rather than the smaller, rally-car-derived Subaru Impreza WRX STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Originally scheduled to be launched in June 2005, the Mazdaspeed 6 will be delayed until August.


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Mazda6 wagon (combi)

The Mazda 6 was European car of the year and made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 2003. The Sport Wagon won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Station Wagon award, while the Sport sedan won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Family Car award for 2005.

Gran Turismo

The Mazda 6 concept, Mazda 6 Mazdaspeed, and Mazda 6 5-door are all featured in the Polyphony Digital video game Gran Turismo 4; as is the Touring Car edition of the sedan. It coincides with the full suite of Mazda vehicles in the game.

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