The ceremony devoted to the beginning of production of the all-new 2014 Mazda 6 was held at Mazda's Hofu Plant in Hiroshima, Japan, where the company is planning to produce nearly 120,000 units per year. According to Mazda, the design of the vehicle will be strongly influenced by the Mazda Takeri Concept that was unveiled at the fall 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
The Mazda 6, the midsize sedan, will feature the company's ''KODO Soul of Motion'' design and Skyactiv Technology, offering 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine. The customers will be free to choose either the Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic or the Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission. In comparison with the Mazda Takeri, the 2014 Mazda 6 is said to have reshaped door mirrors, tail lights, headlamps, and smaller wheels. The interior, in its turn, will be less fanciful than the Takeris with the more conventional controls and gauges and seating for 5 passengers instead of 4.
The details are vague, but the all-new Mazda 6 is supposed to debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and it's scheduled to be introduced to the U. S. market at the beginning of 2014. The company hopes the vehicle will break out of its segment's monotonous mold and become increasingly competitive versus the current sales leaders such as the newly redesigned Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion.