Mazda Motor Corporation held a ceremony to commemorate the start of production of the new Mazda6 which is fully redesigned for the first time in five years. The ceremony took place at the company's Hofu Plant No. 2, in Yamaguchi prefecture.

The all-new Mazda6 is the first model to be equipped with Mazda's unique brake energy regeneration system, called Intelligent-Energy Loop (i-ELOOP). The first vehicle to come off the line was a Mazda6 wagon built to European specifications and powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine, the same one found in the Mazda CX-5 we tested earlier.

"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,” Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda President and CEO. “ The new Mazda6 that starts rolling off the line today features both SKYACTIV Technology and Kodo – Soul of Motion design.”


"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,” said Masatsugu Ohgi from Mazda's Hofu Plant.

The new Mazda6 is set to make its premiere at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012, which opens on August 29, 2012, and will be introduced to Europe and Japan before the end of 2012, followed by other markets starting with the US at the beginning of 2013. Mazda is planning to produce approximately 120,000 units of the Mazda6 per year at the Hofu Plant.