2014 MAZDA6 NAMED TO WARD'S '10 BEST INTERIORS' LIST
- All-New Mid-Size Sedan Earns Mazda Its Fourth 'Interiors' Award -
IRVINE, Calif., April 15, 2013
IRVINE, Calif., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2014 Mazda6 today
was named to WardsAuto World's 10 Best Interiors list, as chosen by the
publication's editors. The redesigned mid-size sports sedan features Mazda's
new design language called KODO "Soul of Motion," which translates muscular
movement and power into agile proportions, detailed sculpting and expressive
character. The Mazda6 also was recently named one of the top three vehicle
designs in the world for 2013 by the World Car Awards.
"The automotive industry, regardless of segment, is extremely competitive,"
said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations
(MNAO). "From engineering to design, auto makers are feverishly working
toward finding the perfect combination of class-best numbers and emotional
connections that captivates consumers wholeheartedly. And we've done that
with the Mazda6, a vehicle that goes beyond the expectations of its segment."
Adds Derek Jenkins, director, Design, MNAO, "With our all-new products, we
were able to start with a clean-sheet approach. Where Mazda's Research &
Development teams revolutionized the engine and bolted underpinnings, Design
re-sculpted the heavy layers and created a vehicle that offers a lean yet
commanding aesthetic appeal, inside and out."
All new or significantly changed production vehicles are eligible for review
by the editors of WardsAuto. Interiors are rated based on material selection,
ergonomics, driver information, safety, overall value, touch points/comfort,
fit and finish as well as aesthetics/design harmony. There is no price cap
for vehicle entries. The 2014 Mazda6 Grand Touring was entered this year.
The awards had previously been called "Auto Interiors of the Year" as part of
the annual Auto Interiors Show held in Detroit. WardsAuto now presents the
honor as Ward's 10 Best Interiors, a centerpiece of its WardsAuto Interiors
Conference, to be held this year on May 22 in Dearborn, Mich. Previous Mazda
vehicles named to the list are the Mazda5 (2008), MAZDASPEED3 (2010) and CX-5
The 2014 Mazda6 starts at $20,880^1 MSRP and is the second vehicle in the
Mazda lineup to fully incorporate SKYACTIV®^^2 TECHNOLOGY, the brand's
engineering philosophy of building fuel efficient vehicles without
compromising power and dynamics. Mazda6 offers both powerful performance and
improved fuel economy, with a best-in-class 38 miles per gallon (MPG) on the
highway, as rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and also
was recently named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway
On sale now, the 2014 Mazda6 is fitted with a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline
engine, which can be paired with a choice of transmissions: the SKYACTIV-MT
six-speed manual transmission or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. A
SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine as well as the i-ELOOP brake energy
regeneration system will be offered during the second half of the year.
Standard interior equipment for all Mazda6 models include a push-button start,
a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, cloth seat upholstery, power windows
with a driver's side one-touch auto open/close feature, sliding sun visor
extensions, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, carpeted floor mats, six-way
manual driver's seat adjustments with lumbar support, steering wheel-mounted
audio and cruise controls, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 six-speaker audio system, auxiliary
and USB connection ports as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, parking
brake and shift knob.
As tested, the highly-optioned Mazda6 Grand Touring offers Bluetooth®
hands-free phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch touch screen display, a
rearview camera, HD Radio™ Technology, Pandora®, Sirius Satellite Radio,
dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink®, an
11-speaker Bose® Surround Sound System, a TomTom-based navigation system with
real-time traffic alerts, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with
lumbar support and memory settings, a four-way power-adjustable front
passenger seat, leather-trimmed seats with front seat heaters and paddle
shifters. Grand Touring models start at $29,495 MSRP.
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. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography
and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at
^1Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest
trim level. MSRP does not include $795 destination charge (Alaska $840),
title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer
and may vary.
^2 SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).
SOURCE Mazda North American Operations
Contact: Beverly Braga, Mazda North American Operations, +1-949-727-6751, Eric
Booth, Mazda North American Operations, +1-949-727-6144
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