Mazda Australia is enjoying a bumper 2012, and word that their new Mazda6 will be on sale down under ahead of schedule in early December can only improve their already strong results. It’ll provide a handy kickstart to 2013 sales as well.
While we’re disappointed that we weren’t granted a hands-on look inside the Mazda6 we can say that the new family-sized model looks even better in the metal than it does in the pics. None more so than the versatile wagon.
The highlight of the Mazda6 design is the junction of the A-pillar and front quarter panel. It’s a stylish execution that helps give the Mazda6 a genuine character you rarely see in modern volume models.
Mazda’s iconic MX-5 was also on show and, in its latest “new-look” iteration, you’ll be seeing it in your local dealerships next month.
For those with an insatiable appetite for SUVs you’ll be pleased to know the facelifted CX-9 is on display as well.
Australia is clearly an important market for the Japanese manufacturer. A fact highlighted by the presence of Takashi Yamanouchi, President, Chairman and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation.
Mazda’s excellent social media team has kicked goals for its customers again by making the press conference from the Australian Internaitonal Motor Show available for all. It can be seen after the break, along with more pics and a link to Mazda’s motor show press kit.
Mazda’s Fantastic Four at the Australian International Motor Show
October 18 2012
Mazda today unveiled New-Look CX-9, All-New Mazda6 and New-Look MX-5 in-front of an Australian audience for the first time.
At this morning’s Mazda press conference at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, New-Look CX-9 made its global debut, while the All-New Mazda6 sedan and wagon made their Australian debuts after their recent global premieres in Moscow and Paris.
New-Look CX-9 adopts Mazda’s ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme with the front and rear of New-Look CX-9 enjoying an even sportier look.
Enhancements in both craftsmanship and interior design further the feeling of quality and refinement.
The infotainment system has been upgraded and features the latest audio, navigation and speech-recognition systems.
A raft of advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety features such as Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and High Beam Control (HBC) have been added.
Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE Technologies anticipate danger and help the driver avoid it.
All-New Mazda6 will be Available in Australia with a SKYACTIV-D 2.2 litre diesel engine and the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre petrol engine both delivering an unbeatable combination of performance and economy. All-New Mazda6 also comes with i-ELOOP, Mazda’s world-first capacitor-based brake regeneration system, as standard across the entire range.
i-ELOOP is the world’s first example of a capacitor being used to power the vehicle’s electrical systems in a passenger car and works by storing kinetic energy as soon as the driver’s foot is lifted off the accelerator.
This energy is then distributed to power the vehicle’s internal electrical systems such as climate control, satellite navigation and audio systems.
Alongside the CX-9 and Mazda6, New-Look MX-5, the latest version of the world’s most popular open-top sports car, was revealed.
With a newly designed front bumper to make the MX-5 look even more aggressive, the larger front grille offers a sense of depth while the stylish front fog lamp bezel and new front chin spoiler help to complete the new look.
Driving the New-Look MX-5 will be even more enjoyable thanks to throttle adjustments , making it more responsive when accelerating out of corners, while updates to the brake booster allows greater front and rear distribution control and improved braking ability all around.
There are 17 cars on the Mazda stand at the Australian International Motor Show. It opens to the public tomorrow and concludes on October 28.
- AIMS press kit 2012 (2.4mb PDF)