While Mazda has been having its share of corporate drama, the first half of the year seemed to be the most chaotic and this second half of the year seems to be settling down and focusing more on sales. Worldwide, the brand is up 12 percent with the CX-5 selling about 200,000. This model is just about sold out at American dealerships and they are begging for more to offer to CX-5 fans. They also have the factory in Mexico getting smoothed out to help alleviate the profit killing exchange rate that Mazda had trying to build and export the cars from Japan. The next generation MX-5 Miata and Alfa Romeo roadster is expected to be Mexican made. What all this has to do with the Mazda6 is that high hopes are pinned on its release to the market later in 2013.
The 2014 Mazda6 is going up against the likes of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat and Chevy Malibu. With that in mind, it had better be a darn good sedan for the money. While it looks as if Mazda was going for the number one spot, we aren’t sure it will quite reach it with the Mazda6, but it looks as if it will at least be a reasonable contender in the ring with some all ready proven best in class vehicles.
The engine choices for the Mazda6 are different depending on what part of the world you are purchasing one in. For America there is a 2.5 liter SkyActiv-G. This engine gives a respectable 189 horsepower and 189 pound feet of torque that will be mated to options of a six speed automatic or six speed manual. Going from 0 to 60 in one of these will take you about 7.8 seconds with the automatic version. You can expect about 37.3 miles per gallon. Rumors are that there will eventually be a diesel in the mix as well.