Votes from AUTO BILD readers made a clear statement - the car in the "Mid and Full-Sized" category with the most attractive design is the all-new Mazda6. Around 200,000 readers of AUTO BILD magazines in 15 countries chose which car in Europe looked the best in different segments. With 23.1 percent of all votes, the Mazda6 left the Maserati Quattroporte (19.1 percent) and the Mercedes E-Class (13.1 percent) behind to win the AUTO BILD Design Award 2013.
The Japanese carmaker has now taken home victory in Europe for the second time in a row with one of its vehicles, as last year the Mazda CX-5 won in the "SUV, Van and All-Wheel" category too. Like the Mazda6, this vehicle was created using the new "KODO - Soul of Motion" design language that combines movement with the beauty and power of nature. That this design is popular with just about everyone who sees it was demonstrated when it was honored with the prestigious international red dot design award 2013.
KODO in its purest form
The design of the new Mazda6 is KODO in its purest form. Both the sedan and the wagon combine ease of movement with functionality. Powerful body lines cause different color effects depending on how the light hits the car - especially when the Mazda6 is in the new body color Soul Red Metallic. The car's silhouette is characterized by a passenger compartment set far back and prominent wheel wells rising over large tyres of up to 19 inches. The front of the car has the new Mazda grille and dynamic daytime running light elements that are available using LEDs for the first time. At the back of the car the wing-type design of the rear lights repeats the design of the headlights. A ridge continues the chrome strip here outward into the character lines of the side panels making for a dynamic overall rear end design.
Harmony as main design motif - outstanding fuel consumption is the result
The main design motif of the new Mazda6 is harmony - between exterior and interior design, between the dynamic form of the body and its roomy interior, between strong power development and outstanding efficiency. As the latest step in the evolution of Mazda's Sustainable Zoom-Zoom program for developing environmentally-friendly vehicles, the Mazda6 achieves best values for fuel consumption and emissions thanks to its innovative SKYACTIV-Technologies. Fuel consumption for the 4.87 meter long Mazda6 sedan - with the 110 kW/150 PS, 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine with the i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system - is just 3.9 liters per 100 km (combined), which results in CO2 emissions of 104 g/km, one of the best in its segment. This extremely low-compression-ratio diesel engine (of just 14:1) is available in a 129 kW/175 PS version as well.
A premiere for the Mazda6 is the 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G direct-injection petrol engine producing 141 kW/192 PS. It also comes in a high-compression 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol in two derivatives with 107 kW/145 PS and 121 kW/165 PS. All these petrol engines combine smooth power development with amazingly low fuel consumption. For instance, the 2.0-litre 107kW/145 PS version needs just 5.5 liters per 100 km (combined) and produces CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.