The 2014 Mazda6 has officially been kicked off for production at the No. 2 plant in Japan’s Yamaguchi prefecture. This wagon hosts the Mazda 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline inline four cylinder. While many had seen this new Mazda6 version at the Moscow Motor Show in August, the rest of us will have to wait for the official debut in September at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Americans will get their chance to take this new wagon out for a spin sometime early next year.
Of course all the Mazda officials were on hand for the grand kick-off event including Takashi Yamanouchi, President and CEO. During his speech he said, “I am deeply moved that production of the third generation Mazda6, the flagship model of our new-generation vehicles, starts in such an important year for us. It is the 30 year anniversary of the start of operations here in the Nishinoura district of the Hofu Plant and the 10th anniversary of the start of production of the first-generation Mazda6, back in 2002. That first Mazda6 debuted as an embodiment of Mazda’s brand message, Zoom-Zoom, and its success led to great improvement in our brand image. The new Mazda6 that starts rolling off the line today features both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO – Soul of Motion design. Its development represents the very best of our engineering capability and our uncompromising attention to detail. Let’s all work together to promote the new Mazda6, to make it a model that gains the support of customers all over the world and leads the Mazda brand to new level.”
Masatsugu Ohgi from the Trim & Final Assembly Gr. No. 2 in the Vehicle Production Dept. No. 4 was honored to be representing all Hofu Plant employees. He said, “Incorporating everything we have learned about quality improvement through the production of nine million vehicles over 30 years at Hofu, we are determined to deliver a new generation Mazda6 that will outperform the previous model in every respect and stir the emotions of customers around the world.”
News Source: Mazda