Mazda, along with every other car maker, is ditching its V-6 engines in lieu of four-cylinder motors. A few people were hoping that the swansong would be saved for the 2014 Mazda6, but alas, it is not going to happen.
So long and thanks for the V-6
Mazda is known to be getting rid of the six-cylinder engines in its lineup, in lieu of naturally aspirated and forced-induction four-cylinder engines. Many other car makers are following suit as the trend these days is to downsize.
Some were hoping the swansong for Mazda’s V-6 was going to be the 2014 Mazda6. The basis for the 2014 Mazda6 is a concept car called the Takeri, which Mazda took on the auto show circuit in 2011 beginning with the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, according to MotorTrend magazine. The new car will be the next model to use Mazda’s “Kodo” design language, which, according to AutoWeek, means “soul of motion.”
However, enthusiasts of sextuple cylinder engines must adjust to disappointment, as Mazda has confirmed the Mazda6 will have only four cylinder engines available.
Reaching for the sky
Mazda is heavily committed to its SkyActiv technology, which embraces direct-injection four cylinder engines mated to fuel efficiency-improving automatic transmissions. As a result, the Mazda6 is only going to get a four-cylinder.
Mazda hasn’t ruled it out for the future, which could mean a Speed6 may be released with a six-cylinder engine.
The car will get the 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder engine in the Mazda3 and the CX-5, according to the Chicago Tribune, along with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. According to MotorTrend, the car will still get Mazda’s i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. Similar to the KERS system employed in Formula One cars, the system captures kinetic energy from braking, storing it in capacitors to power electrical systems and ancillaries.
Production moving elsewhere
The 2014 Mazda6, which is going to hit dealerships in the first quarter of 2013, will be built in Japan, according to AutoWeek. The car will make its public debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, according to MarketWatch. The company, according to the Detroit News, is focusing on commencing operations at its manufacturing facility in Mexico and had already started buying out employees at factories in the U.S.
The current Mazda6 is built in Flat Rock, Mich, but the next one will be built in Hiroshima. However, Mazda intends to use parts from American manufacturers and suppliers for the Mazda2 and Mazda3, which are going to be built at Mazda’s facility in Mexico.
Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/sns-2014-mazda6-sedan-coming-early-2013-20120404,0,2805965.story