HIGHWAY SAFETY

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2014 Mazda6 today earned
a "Top Safety Pick+" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Mazda6 is the first Mazda vehicle to earn this new, more demanding
designation by receiving a rating of "Good" on frontal moderate overlap, side,
roof, and head restraint tests, and "Acceptable" on the new small overlap

"Receiving a 'Top Safety Pick+' ranking from IIHS demonstrates Mazda's
continued dedication to creating products that offer the highest levels of
occupant crash protection combined with being fun to drive," said Mazda
President and CEO Jim O'Sullivan.

IIHS introduced the small overlap test in 2012 to further improve occupant
protection in frontal crashes. The small overlap test replicates what happens
when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like
a tree or utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a car's front end on the
driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.

The 2014 Mazda6 is equipped with Mazda's all-new suite of SKYACTIV®^^[1]
technologies – engine, transmission, body and chassis – all working together
to deliver outstanding driving performance and fuel efficiency. The
SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis ensure that the vehicle structure is not
only reinforced and quiet but also rigid and able to absorb impact. The
SKYACTIV-Body is comprised of 61 percent high-tensile steel, creating a
lighter, stronger body with superior handling while the SKYACTIV-Chassis
weighs less than current Mazda platforms and includes a front strut suspension
and a multi-link rear format along with an assortment of design changes.

Standard safety features for all 2014 Mazda6 models include six airbags
(front, side and full side-curtain), whiplash-reducing front headrests,
power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes, anti-lock brakes
(ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, daytime
running lights, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System
(TCS), hill launch assist, a fold-away brake pedal assembly, a trunk
entrapment release system, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS),
three-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seatbelt
pretensioners with force limiters as well as Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH).

2014 Mazda6 Touring models feature a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system and
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) as standard equipment with the Smart City
Brake Support (SCBS) system available as an option. Grand Touring models
feature BSM and SCBS systems as standard equipment as well as RCTA and an
Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane
Departure Warning System (LDWS) and High Beam Control (HBC) also are available
as part of an optional package.

Priced competitively, the 2014 Mazda6 starts at $20,880^^[2] MSRP, offering an
attractive, more affordable starting point for consumers than the best-selling
vehicles in the segment. Equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine
and SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual, entry-level Sport models offer high-level
features starting with the largest standard wheels amongst its competitors
with 17-inch aluminum alloys, power side view mirrors, automatic headlight
shutoff as well as exterior body-color cues in the shark-fin antenna, door
handles, outside mirrors and front and rear bumpers. The 2014 Mazda6 also
gets best-in-class highway fuel economy of 38 MPG.

Additionally, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 and 2013 Mazda3 have earned "Top Safety
Pick" designations from IIHS but were tested before implementation of the new
small overlap test.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and
oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda
vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.
Operations in Mexico are managed byMazdaMotor de Mexico in MexicoCity.

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[1] SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).
[2] Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). MSRP does
not include $795 destination charge (Alaska $840), title, taxes, license,
options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.

SOURCE Mazda North American Operations

Contact: Tamara Mlynarczyk, Mazda North American Operations, +1-202-467-5092
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