The all-new Mazda6 inherits and further evolves the sporty styling and superb driving performance of the first generation Mazda6. The North American model features a larger body and greater engine displacement to meet the particular demands of the North American market with handling and comfort being optimized for North American road conditions. Two spirited engines will be available: the newly developed 2.5-liter I-4 that drives the European and Japanese versions of the all-new Mazda6 and â€“for extra performanceâ€“ the 3.7-liter V6 that powers the Mazda CX-9, the 2008 North American Truck of the Year.
Speaking at the ceremony, AutoAlliance Internationalâ€™s president and CEO, Gary A. Roe said, â€œThe North American all-new Mazda6 has a special significance for us because it was developed exclusively to meet the needs of the North American market and is being built right here at AAI. Our dedication to build quality cars will ensure the Mazda6 succeeds amid a very challenging sales environment.
James J. Oâ€™Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations added, â€œThe midsize sedan segment is crowded with many of the best vehicles from Asia, Europe, and the US. Even under these circumstances, we are confident the North American all-new Mazda6 will be highly competitive.Mazdaâ€™s president and CEO, Hisakazu Imaki, remarked, â€œIt is an honor to be here at AutoAlliance International to celebrate the North American all-new Mazda6 production kickoff. AutoAlliance International symbolizes the strong cooperative relationship that has benefited both Mazda and Ford for many years. Going forward, we will continue to provide our customers with the highest quality products in order to further strengthen Mazdaâ€™s presence in North America. This will bring us closer to achieving the targets of our mid-term Mazda Advancement Plan