In 2001 at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda debuted a new sedan to replace the aging 626 line. At its conception, the new 6 was intended to rival European performance sedans in terms of handling and ride and was poised to take the world by storm as they reached dealerships in the US and North America in 2003.
Although designed in Japan, the Mazda 6 is built both there and in Michigan with designers using a number of rival models as benchmarks such as the BMW 3 Series, the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat. The exterior styling of the 6 is extremely athletic and has had all corners eliminated in favor of what the developers called “defined shoulders.” Adding to the sportiness of the car are the narrow, feline headlights which flank the large, five-pointed grille.
The interior of the 6 is better seen than explained and, thankfully, we have enough pictures to do it justice. The black carbon fiber kit really does do wonders for the interior but we’ll let you be the judge. Enjoy!