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2013 Nissan Sentra Debuts with 40 MPG and Crosshairs on Corolla, Civic 31
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, News, nissan, Nissan Sentra on 08 31st, 2012

Although the Nissan Sentra is nothing much of a highly anticipated vehicle among enthusiasts, it still remains to be a relevant offering to consumers setting forth a glimpse into the evolution of economical transportation appliances.

The all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra gets many of its new design cues from its bigger 2013 Altima sibling incorporating Nissan’s new design language. The C-segment continues to be a major force to rekon with in today’s economic conditions and high gas prices. The new 2013 Nissan Sentra begs to be a top-choice for the compact vehicle market serving up to 40 mpg in a conservative package. Most Sentra models will yield 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. The extra efficiency for a total of 40 mpg on the highway can only be had in the FE+ trim variations. Trim levels for the new 2013 Nissan Sentra are the S, S FE+, SV, SV FE+, SR and SL.

Powering the new 2013 Nissan Sentra is a new 1.8-liter producing 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. Nissan is able to get away with using a smaller and less-powerful engine because the new 2013 Nissan Sentra is about 150 lighter than its predecessor. Additionally, a new CVT transmission is vastly improved to get the best bang for the buck out of the 1.8-liter 4-banger.

The base 2013 Nissan Sentra S will offer a 6-speed manual transmission. Though, the sportier 2013 Nissan Sentra SR variant, without any added power, will use the CVT only. The SR gets sporty 17-inch alloy wheels, sport front and rear fascias, special front grill, lower body side sill extensions, fog lights, rear spoiler, sliver trim and unique cloth sport seats.

Nissan’s aim is more of a premium class interior for the new Sentra. Improved interior dimensions combined with a leather upholstery option will help in that aspect, too. Also to give the new 2013 Nissan Sentra an up-scale appeal, the new NissanConnect infotainment system will be available combining Bluetooth and Pandora streaming audio, NavTraffic, NavWeather, hands-free text messaging assistant, Navigation system w/ POIs powered by Google and Google Send-to-Car functions.

Pricing will be revealed as we inch closer to the new 2013 Nissan Sentra’s fall launch.


2013 Nissan Sentra Press Release

All-New 2013 Nissan Sentra Moves Up in Style, Sophistication, Refinement and Range with Up to 40 MPG Highway and 34 MPG Combined Fuel Economy

Offers “Class-Above” Style, Premium Design Qualities and Best-in-Class* Combined Fuel Economy

• All-new lightweight design saves up to 150 pounds
• New 1.8-liter engine and next-generation Xtronic CVT® with sub-planetary gear for optimal performance and efficiency
• Best-in-class combined fuel economy of 34 MPG*
• Sophisticated new design with high-end details such as LED accented headlamps and taillamps
• Upscale interior craftsmanship and user-friendly technology
• Available NissanConnectSM with Navigation with Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, POIs powered by Google™ and Google™ Send-to-Car functions
• On sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this fall

DALLAS (Aug. 31, 2012) – Nissan’s all-new 2013 Sentra, unveiled here today, continues the brand’s product onslaught as the third of five all-new vehicles being introduced in a 15-month period.

Like the recently unveiled Nissan Altima and Pathfinder, the redesign of Sentra focuses on class-above design standards inside and out, as well as efficiency in engineering. The new Sentra is 150 pounds – or five percent – lighter than the outgoing model, yet has slightly larger overall dimensions and more interior room. The lighter and more aerodynamic new Sentra allows Nissan to use a more fuel-efficient 1.8-liter engine, which along with the next generation Xtronic CVT® with sub-planetary gear helps deliver a 13 percent improvement in EPA combined fuel economy.

With the FE+ models, Sentra achieves up to 40 mpg on the highway. Other CVT-equipped models are rated at 39 mpg on the highway. All CVT models achieve a best-in-class* EPA rated 34 mpg combined (City and Highway).

“The 2013 Nissan Sentra is the most revolutionary design in the nameplate’s 30-year history, a worthy addition to what is without question the most innovative, highest quality, highest value sedan lineup in Nissan history,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “With the complete redesign for 2013, Sentra is closer in look and feel to Altima than a typical compact sedan. Like Altima, the new Sentra offers best-in-segment attributes, such as high fuel economy and easy-to-use connectivity, that offer real customer value and convenience.”

The new Sentra has a strong family resemblance to the recently introduced 2013 Nissan Altima, both in exterior and interior styling cues and its “class-above style” against competitive vehicles in the compact sedan segment.

Modern, Premium Design

Sentra’s all-new design is elegant, modern and refined, reflecting a “professional” character targeted at upwardly bound buyers who aspire to drive something more premium than some of the other designs in the segment. It adopts Nissan’s bold new signature trapezoid-shaped grille and large wraparound headlights with LED accents – the only sedan in the compact segment to offer them as standard equipment. In the rear, LED taillights are also standard, which complements the sophisticated styling.

Compared to the previous design, Sentra’s beltline has been lowered and a new character line has been added that runs from the front fenders, along the sides, and finishes at the sculpted taillights and trunklid, giving the new Sentra a more aggressive stance and enhanced outward visibility for passengers. Other exterior features include chrome door handles and accents, available heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, and available sport front and rear fascias and rear spoiler.

The 2013 Sentra is built on a new platform that is lighter than the previous design, contributing to the new model’s more than 150-pound weight reduction. It also helps Sentra provide one of the largest interior volumes in class, along with ample rear seat legroom and enhanced trunk capacity.

Compared with the previous generation Sentra, the 2013 model offers a 0.6-inch longer wheelbase (106.3 inches) and a 2.3-inch longer overall length (182.1 inches). The front overhang is shorter and the rear overhang extended. It is slightly lower in height (-0.6 inches) and narrower in width (-1.2 inches) for enhanced aerodynamics, yet offers nearly identical total interior volume (111.0 cubic feet versus the previous 110.8). The coefficient of drag has been significantly reduced to 0.29 from the previous 0.34.

“Sentra has long been known as one of the roomiest sedans in class and the latest iteration is no exception. The fine-tuning of its dimensions has created not only extremely well-balanced exterior proportions but enhanced rear seat legroom and created a larger, more usable trunk space,” said Castignetti.

A Premium, Class-Above Interior

Sentra’s sophisticated new look continues inside with a high-quality interior design with materials not usually found in compact vehicles, including soft-touch instrument panel and driver’s door armrest, available leather-appointed seating and available Maple wood-tone trim. Along with offering mid-size roominess in a compact-size exterior, the intuitive interior layout emphasizes driver control and class-leading seat comfort for all occupants. The instrument panel curves out towards the doors and features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges that are backlit even in daylight, providing a high-quality look that is also easy to read.

Rear seat legroom of 37.4 inches is among the largest in class and immediately apparent to occupants, even with the front seats in the rear-most position. The rear seat is a standard 60/40 split folding design, offering versatile access to the 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space (2.0 cubic feet larger than the 2012 Sentra trunk).

Standard interior features include 6-way manual driver’s seat, 4-way manual front passenger’s seat, front and rear door pockets, front center console with padded armrest and cupholders, rear seat armrest with cupholders, air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter, tilt and telescopic steering column, power windows with driver’s one-touch auto up/down with auto reverse, power door locks with auto-locking feature, two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets, remote keyless entry and remote trunk and fuel-filler door releases.
A new Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) system is offered for the first time with Sentra, allowing the driver or front passengers to set their own individual temperature settings.

The standard audio system is an AM/FM/CD system with four speakers. Other available systems include a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD system with 4.3-inch color display, USB connection for iPod® and other compatible devices; and a Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers and an amplifier that has been specially tuned to either the cloth or leather interior for best performance.

Also available is SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.

“Nowhere is the new Sentra’s ‘class-above’ style more evident than in the interior. You notice it the minute you sit in the roomy, comfortable seats and when you touch the high quality materials. And when driving you notice the extra attention paid to isolating noise, vibration and harshness from entering the cabin,” said Castignetti. “And that’s before you even get into the various advanced technology features that you usually don’t expect in a compact sedan segment vehicle.”

NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Other Clever Technology

Like the new Altima, the 2013 Sentra offers a major step forward in technology that helps owners stay connected. An all-new version of the Nissan Navigation system is available. NissanConnectSM with Navigation includes a Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant that reads incoming text messages and allows drivers to reply without taking their hands off of the steering wheel.

The system also offers Pandora® radio capability, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and a large 5.8-inch touch-screen display. The Navigation System includes NavTraffic and NavWeather functions (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), along with POIs powered by Google™ and Google™ Send-to-Car functions. The Navigation’s map views now features warnings for curves and speed limit information.

Other available technology ranges from the RearView Monitor and Nissan Intelligent Key® with illuminated push-button ignition switch to the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy Fill Tire Alert feature. If air is being added or removed from a tire, the system signals the user when the recommended tire pressure has been reached by sounding the horn.

New 1.8-liter Engine and Advanced CVT

As expected from a ground-up redesign, the new Sentra features an all-new engine and CVT transmission. Now displacing 1.8-liters, Sentra’s advanced DOHC 4-cyinder engine offers a longer stroke than typical engines in its class, resulting in improved combustion speed and efficiency. The engine is equipped with a twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC) system which modulates both the intake and exhaust valve opening time (similar to that used on the flagship Nissan Maxima).

The engine’s internal friction has been reduced, improving efficiency. The DLC creates about half the friction of previous coatings. In addition, the valve springs are shaped similar to a beehive, with a smaller diameter towards the top – reducing inertia weight, improving valvetrain efficiency and smoothing engine operation. The engine is rated at 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque.

The new engine is matched with a new-generation Xtronic CVT® (a 6-speed manual is available in the base Sentra S model). The new CVT features a host of enhancements (versus the previous CVT) that contribute to an improvement in fuel efficiency and lower vehicle weight. It also offers a wider gear ratio of 7.3:1 through use of a sub-planetary gear and smaller pulleys, resulting in high-speed fuel efficiency at low rpm and responsive acceleration. Fuel economy is rated at 30 miles per gallon City, 39 miles per gallon Highway and a class-leading 34 miles per gallon combined with the CVT*.

“In the race for fuel economy bragging rights sometimes what gets lost in the mix is drivability. Sentra’s new engine and advanced CVT design are perfectly matched to provide the best of both mpg and driving enjoyment – smooth, quiet and efficient operation around town or highway cruising, responsive acceleration and excellent mpg and driving range,” said Castignetti.

The new Sentra also features an independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar, torsion beam rear axle with integrated stabilizer bar, power-assisted vented front disc/rear drum braking system (4-wheel disc brakes are available), and vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering. Available wheels and tires include 16-inch steel wheels with full covers with 205/55R16 size all-season tires or 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires.

In addition to the Sentra S model’s long list of standard features, Sentra SV models add cruise control, two additional speakers, illuminated steering wheel audio controls, vehicle security system and premium cloth seating and door trim.

The Sentra SR adds a sportier appearance, starting with 17-inch forked 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, sport front and rear fascias, sport front grille, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights and chrome exhaust tip finisher. Inside, the Sentra SR includes sport silver interior trim, premium sport cloth seats and driver’s seatback pocket.

The top-of-the-line Sentra SL adds 17-inch split 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, Smart Auto headlights, fog lights, heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, Nissan Intelligent Key®, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, 6-speaker audio system with 4.3-inch display, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).

Additional Sentra SL equipment includes leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever knob, Maple wood-tone trim, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy Fill Tire Alert and more.

A Range of Well-Equipped Models

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is offered in a selection of well-equipped S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL trim levels. All models come with standard Xtronic CVT®, except the base Sentra S that is available with a choice of 6-speed manual or CVT.

The NissanConnectSM with Navigation system, leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, rear disc brakes, power sliding glass moonroof and RearView Monitor are among the additional features available with the various equipment packages.

“From front LED accents to rear LED taillights and every inch in between, the all-new 2013 Sentra serves notice to compact sedan buyers that the Sentra is stepping up in style and stepping up in desirability,” said Castignetti. “In what has become one of the most competitive segments in the industry, Sentra is ready to take on all comers.”

Supercar Builder Gumpert Files ‘Provisional Insolvency’ 31
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Gumpert Apollo, Kurt, News, supercars on 08 31st, 2012

Gumpert’s Apollo supercar – image: Gumpert

Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH was founded by former Audi Sport director Roland Gumpert in 2004, with the mission of building a street-legal car that was fully ready for the racetrack. Designed with little concession to anything other than speed and handling, the Gumpert Apollo debuted in production form in late 2005.

The Apollo was followed by variants such as the Apollo Sport an the Apollo Speed, and plans were in the works for a more polished automobile called the Tornante. Since the Apollo models were hand-built in extremely limited quantities, pricing was a bit on the ambitious side, beginning in the neighborhood of $550,000.

Sales were initially limited to Europe, the Middle East and the United States, but Gumpert saw China as the land of opportunity. Focusing expansion efforts on China, the boutique automaker was unable to achieve its sales volume targets, forcing it to file for provisional insolvency this week.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Gumpert will go away, and the administrator appointed to the case is optimistic that the automaker can be turned around. The first step is attracting new investors, and meetings are scheduled at the company’s Gera, Germany headquarters next week. Assuming that money can be found, Gumpert will now focus on the European market, which it admits has been “neglected” in recent years.

Red Bull Racing Promotes The Grand Prix Of America: Video 31
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, F1, Formula-One, Kurt, Motorsports, Red Bull Racing, video on 08 31st, 2012

Red Bull’s RB7 visits New Jersey

If all goes according to plan, Formula One racing will come to the streets of Weehawken, New Jersey next spring. The inaugural Grand Prix of America is scheduled for June of 2013, but no one really knows if the street course will be ready in time. In fact, Formula One czar Bernie Ecclestone appears to have turned his back on the race, saying, saying it won’t happen in 2013, and may not happen in 2014 if a safe course can’t be built.

Red Bull Racing seems a bit more optimistic, and to promote the event it sent its Constructor’s Championship-winning RB7 F1 car on a goodwill tour of the New York and New Jersey area. Starting with a patriotic rendition of The Star Spangled Banner before the Statue of Liberty, Red Bull ambassador David Coulthard toured the New Jersey waterfront, ran some of the proposed street course and even snuck through the (closed) Lincoln Tunnel in an effort to drum up fan interest.

Will it work? We’ll know in nine months or so, but given the condition of roads in the area we’re not optimistic. The video features some great footage, filmed in high definition, so it’s the closest thing we have to racing in the shadow of the Manhattan skyline for the time being.

Corvette ZR1 Dukes It Out with Ferrari 458 Italia & McLaren MP4-12C: Video 31
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Corvette ZR1, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C, Road and Track, video on 08 31st, 2012

The new Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C are closely matched supercars. The three kings, as Road & Track calls them in their latest comparison video, are pitted against each other in a series of tests. Each of the vehicles has their own performance attributes and tends to lay down comparable horsepower numbers to the pavement through their rear wheels from a V8 engine. Road & Track took the three beastly vehicles out with the help of former IMSA champion Steve Millen and Hennessey Performance for some ‘testing’.

The 592 horsepower 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 McLaren MP4-12C is a one-of-a-kind supercar. The Ferrari 458 Italia’s 562 horsepower 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 screams just like its F1 siblings. The Corvette ZR1, costing over $100K less than its Euro rivals, remains to be the king of straight-line performance mainly due to its massive 6.2-liter 639 horsepower supercharged V8. Can the ZR1 hang with the European exotics in other tests? Hit up the full test video from Road & Track below to find out.

2013 Lexus GS 350 Review & Test Drive 31
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, LEXUS, Lexus GS, Lexus GS350, Test Drives on 08 31st, 2012

The all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350 sets forth a new design language for Lexus adding more sports-appeal, advanced technology and a refined ride quality for their midsized luxury sports sedan. Receiving a redesign for the 2013 model year, the Lexus GS 350 edges towards a better competitive stance against its German rivals but retains the expected quality aspects of Lexus’ traditionalist luxury path.

First driving impressions from the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 you walk away knowing it is a vehicle that is much more in-tuned to the road than its predecessor. Additionally, the sporty exterior styling of the GS 350 blends well with its new luxury-sports demeanor communicated through Lexus’ new L finesse design philosophy.

Jumping into the new GS 350, I first took notice to the fit and finish quality known to garnish the Lexus brand. Only this time it was highlighted with a surprising edge on new technology and amenity offerings. The new Lexus GS 350 is the sportiest Lexus has ever been, sans the performance oriented ISF and exotic LFA. Having the language of the Lexus LFA supercar filter down to vehicles like the GS 350 makes for a more appealing vehicle to enthusiasts, even if the new GS is still does not have a sporty edge like comparably equipped BMW 5 series vehicles.

The all-new Lexus GS 350 retains some of the outgoing model’s drivetrain attributes. Most notable, is the 3.5-liter V6 engine carried over from last year. There really was nothing wrong with the 3.5-liter powermill as it produces a silky smooth 306 horsepower and 277 ft-lbs. of torque. The only transmission choice, a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic, is great for every-day driving. However, the tranny tends to lack any sporty characteristics aside from the manual shift paddles.

The new Lexus GS gets Toyota’s Drive Mode Select dial w/ Eco-Normal-Sport modes. In Sport S+ mode, the GS is more apt to down-shift earlier but fails to provide any drastic advancements in making up-shifts any better from normal mode. In Eco mode, the GS is somewhat subdued with a lazy gas pedal and transmission mapping to keep the RPMs low for conserving fuel. Corresponding to the Eco-Normal-Sport+-Sport S+ modes, is the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) on properly equipped Lexus GS models. My new 2013 GS 350 included the AVS setup as part of the Luxury package with additional options. With the AVS system, the dampers automatically adjust to a firmer setting when the vehicle is put in Sport +S mode.

The driving and handling dynamics of the new 2013 GS 350 are much livelier than its predecessor. However, the suspension is still relatively soft, even in sport +S mode activating a stiffer setting for the dampers. Much of the new Lexus GS 350’s ride quality sways towards a touring sedan rather than a hard-core sports sedan. Possibly, the Lexus GS 350 F-Sport address this faux pas and adds a bit more aggressiveness to the ride and handling characteristics.

Power delivery comes on smooth and the transmission does not leave too much wrapped up in a guessing game when the appropriate gear needs to be selected. Sound entering into the cabin from the V6 engine is kept to a minimum but does not completely isolate the driver from audibly hearing what is going on under the aluminum hood.

The steering feel is pretty solid in Sport +S mode, where the wheel gets a bit more weighted but still tends to lack much road feedback. Although, steering feel has been improved over the outgoing model departing from such a drastic artificial feel. Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), a stand-alone option for the 2013 GS, steers the rear wheels with the front up to 1.5 degrees for better handling at speeds above 50 mph. Below 50 mph, DRS steers the rear wheels (up to 1.5 degrees) against the front for reduced turning radius.

The luxurious cabin of the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 receives a sports appeal yet nicely integrates finely crafted wood and aluminum trim pieces and accenting leather appointments. Part of a luxury package on my 2013 GS 350 test vehicle, are 18-way power heated and ventilated front seats. The seats are very supportive with adjustable bolsters and memory seat settings for both driver and front passenger. The rear seating area is bigger, too.

During my time with the new GS 350 I had the opportunity to pile in 4 more adults who were able to utilize the 3 additional inches of hip room in the rear compared to the older GS.  Other dimensions expanded on the new 2013 Lexus GS, thanks to a revised rear suspension design, is the trunk with a total of 14.3 cubic feet. The driver and front passenger areas get slightly more head and shoulder room.

To conclude the complete redesign of the new 2013 Lexus GS interior is Lexus’ Remote Touch multimedia controller, which works much like a combination of a computer mouse and a force-feedback joystick. The second-generation controller works well for navigating menus limiting any hunting for physical buttons on the dashboard or on-screen functions. Speaking of a screen, the new GS gets a lot of it, a whole foot long. While this is no 5-dollar footling, the high-resolution 12-inch wide-LCD-screen comes as part of a $5,750 Luxury package. An 8-inch high-res LCD display is standard. Combining the Lexus Enform system, including integrated connectivity for local gas prices, stock market info, weather and GPS navigation, the new infotainment system is quite user-friendly after you get used to the Remote Touch controller. The Remote Touch controller combines accurate scrolling with tactile-force-feedback when scrolling over on-screen menu buttons or click-areas. In all, the system is no worse than any other infotainment system offered on current market luxury vehicles. One could even conclude that the Lexus Remote Touch system is comparable to BMW’s iDrive in some aspects despite using a completely different form of input controls.

The new 2013 Lexus GS is offered in a few different trims including our rear-wheel-drive GS 350 Luxury package test vehicle with 18-inch wheels (17-inch wheels standard) 3-zome climate control, an optional crisp sounding 17-speaker 835-watt Mark Levinson audio system, park assist (audible and visual sonar parking sensor system) and power rear sunshade including side-rear window manual shades. The Lexus GS 350 F Sport package adds larger 19-inch wheels, larger front brakes, special steering and suspension tuning, unique sports exterior styling accents and a 16-way power sport driver’s seat. The GS 350 can also be had in an all-wheel-drive configuration. The Lexus GS 450h hybrid is another offering combining many of the Luxury package’s appointments as well as the highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine working in sync with electric motors to yield 338 horsepower and estimating 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. As a comparison, my 2013 GS 350 gets a respectable 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

0-60 mph times for the rear-wheel-drive Lexus GS 350 come in at a quick 5.8 seconds. The GS 450h hybrid has the 350 slightly beat with a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds.

Pricing for the all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350 starts at $46,900. My nicely-equipped GS 350 test vehicle has an as-tested price of $57,309 including 875 handling and destination fee.

I can walk away saying that the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 appeals to a much broader audience than it ever did. Now enthusiasts shopping the likings of German rivals will have an extra stop to make at the local Lexus dealership because the new GS is something that you do not want to willingly pass up.


Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com


  • Price: Base GS 350 $46,900 As-Tested $57,309
  • Engine: 3.5-liter 306 horsepower @ 6400 rpm/ 277 ft-lbs torque @ 4800 rpm
  • Drive: RWD (optional AWD)
  • Wheelbase: 112.2in.
  • Total length: 190.7in.
  • Total width: 72.4in.
  • Total height: 57.3in.
  • Track: f/r-62.0/62.6in.
  • Turning circle: 36.8ft.
  • Headroom: f/r-38.0/37.8in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.3/36.8in.
  • MPG est.: 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway
  • Fuel tank: 17.4 gallons
  • 0-60mph:  5.8 seconds
  • EPA cargo volume: 14.3cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,795 lbs.

2014 Mazda6 to launch in Moscow 31
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Autostyle, Green Auto, Popular on 08 31st, 2012

Mazda will be revealing its mid-sized sedan 2014 Mazda6 Atenza at the Moscow Motor Show next week.

The new model will be powered by the aut0 manufacturer’s Skyactiv technology and draws its design from the Kodo “Soul of Motion” language. The Mazda6 is the second of a new generation of vehicles to adopt this following the CX-5.

The powertrain has also been incorporated with Mazda’s regenerative breaking “i-Eloop” system which includes stop/start technology, contributing to an improvement in fuel efficiency.

Auto Blog reports that, “The 2014 Mazda6 gets the new range of Skyactiv engines, including the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G (gas) engine that makes 110 kW (148 horsepower), sending power to the front wheels through either a six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic, or a six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual gearbox. The uprated engine is a Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter unit, developing 141 kW.”

As for the exterior, in the front view, Mazda incorporated the ‘signature wing,’ into a deeply sculpted face. The hood creases extend from the tips of the signature wing and flow into the body character lines.  The rear of the car features a wedged body, prominent rear fender and compact cabin.

According to chief designer Akira Tamatani, “We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realize a powerful presence.”

For more about what to expect from the Mazda6 click here. 

Volkswagen Sciroccos, Old And New, Go Head To Head: Video 30
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Forbidden Fruit, Kurt, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scirocco on 08 30th, 2012

Automobile magazine’s Jason Cammisa, with Sciroccos old and new

If you’re of a certain age, owning a Volkswagen Scirocco was almost a rite of passage into the world of (relatively) fast and nimble front-drivers. From 1976 through 1988, the Scirocco was generally the most entertaining car that Volkswagen sold, and the impressive handling of later versions made them extremely competitive in club racing and autocross.

The Scirocco was replaced by the Corrado in 1992, and that particular car never lived up to the promise of its ancestors. In 2008, Volkswagen launched an all-new Scirocco coupe, but sadly the car was not intended for U.S. consumption. It was too close in design to the GTI, said VW executives, and therefore wouldn’t sell in quantities necessary to make it profitable.

The new Scirocco that’s sold in much of the world comes with a variety of engines, ranging from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for just 120 horsepower all the way up to a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 261 horsepower. There are diesel versions, too, which makes the Scirocco as frugal as it is fun to drive.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, we get to witness an interesting throw-down between a 1987 VW Scirocco, upgraded to a 2.0-liter four making 175 horsepower, and a 2012 VW Scirocco equipped with a 1.4-liter twincharged four rated at 160 horsepower. Thanks to mandated safety features, the new car is some 600 pounds heavier than the previous version, but does that mean it’s any slower?

We won’t spoil the outcome, but if you’ve previously owned a Scirocco, you’ll enjoy this video. As for us, we’re fighting the urge to start shopping for a late 1980s Scirocco on Craigslist.

Volkswagen Sciroccos, Old And New, Go Head To Head: Video 30
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Forbidden Fruit, Kurt, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scirocco on 08 30th, 2012

Automobile magazine’s Jason Cammisa, with Sciroccos old and new

If you’re of a certain age, owning a Volkswagen Scirocco was almost a rite of passage into the world of (relatively) fast and nimble front-drivers. From 1976 through 1988, the Scirocco was generally the most entertaining car that Volkswagen sold, and the impressive handling of later versions made them extremely competitive in club racing and autocross.

The Scirocco was replaced by the Corrado in 1992, and that particular car never lived up to the promise of its ancestors. In 2008, Volkswagen launched an all-new Scirocco coupe, but sadly the car was not intended for U.S. consumption. It was too close in design to the GTI, said VW executives, and therefore wouldn’t sell in quantities necessary to make it profitable.

The new Scirocco that’s sold in much of the world comes with a variety of engines, ranging from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for just 120 horsepower all the way up to a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 261 horsepower. There are diesel versions, too, which makes the Scirocco as frugal as it is fun to drive.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, we get to witness an interesting throw-down between a 1987 VW Scirocco, upgraded to a 2.0-liter four making 175 horsepower, and a 2012 VW Scirocco equipped with a 1.4-liter twincharged four rated at 160 horsepower. Thanks to mandated safety features, the new car is some 600 pounds heavier than the previous version, but does that mean it’s any slower?

We won’t spoil the outcome, but if you’ve previously owned a Scirocco, you’ll enjoy this video. As for us, we’re fighting the urge to start shopping for a late 1980s Scirocco on Craigslist.

Volkswagen Sciroccos, Old And New, Go Head To Head: Video 30
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Forbidden Fruit, Kurt, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scirocco on 08 30th, 2012

Automobile magazine’s Jason Cammisa, with Sciroccos old and new

If you’re of a certain age, owning a Volkswagen Scirocco was almost a rite of passage into the world of (relatively) fast and nimble front-drivers. From 1976 through 1988, the Scirocco was generally the most entertaining car that Volkswagen sold, and the impressive handling of later versions made them extremely competitive in club racing and autocross.

The Scirocco was replaced by the Corrado in 1992, and that particular car never lived up to the promise of its ancestors. In 2008, Volkswagen launched an all-new Scirocco coupe, but sadly the car was not intended for U.S. consumption. It was too close in design to the GTI, said VW executives, and therefore wouldn’t sell in quantities necessary to make it profitable.

The new Scirocco that’s sold in much of the world comes with a variety of engines, ranging from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for just 120 horsepower all the way up to a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 261 horsepower. There are diesel versions, too, which makes the Scirocco as frugal as it is fun to drive.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, we get to witness an interesting throw-down between a 1987 VW Scirocco, upgraded to a 2.0-liter four making 175 horsepower, and a 2012 VW Scirocco equipped with a 1.4-liter twincharged four rated at 160 horsepower. Thanks to mandated safety features, the new car is some 600 pounds heavier than the previous version, but does that mean it’s any slower?

We won’t spoil the outcome, but if you’ve previously owned a Scirocco, you’ll enjoy this video. As for us, we’re fighting the urge to start shopping for a late 1980s Scirocco on Craigslist.

Next Mazda MX-5 To Make More With Less 30
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, rumors on 08 30th, 2012

The current Mazda MX-5 laps at Laguna Seca – image: Mazda USA

We’re still about two years away from the introduction of the next Mazda MX-5 Miata, which means it’s about time to crank up the rumor machine. We know for a fact that Mazda will build the next Alfa Romeo Spider on the MX-5′s platform, under contract to Fiat. We also know (or strongly suspect, based on information from Mazda) that the next MX-5 will have a target weight of just 1,000 kilograms, or 2,200 pounds. That puts it in the ballpark of the original 1989 version, which was significantly smaller than today’s MX-5. Expect the next car to be downsized as well, probably close to the dimensions of the original.

Now, WhatCar (via Left Lane News) is reporting that the next MX-5 will have a level of personalization on par with the MINI Cooper, in order to “help a customer’s relationship with the car,” in the words of Mazda designer Akira Tamatani. Thrust will reportedly come from a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, expected to produce around 200 horsepower. There are no torque figures to speculate on just yet, but we certainly hope that the small-displacement, forced-induction engine will match (or beat) today’s 140 pound-feet of torque.

If you think the next Mazda MX-5 is going soft, don’t despair: word is that a stripped-down super-light version, aimed at autocrossers and track-day junkies, is also in the works.

Rumor Mill: Ferrari May Be Planning 620 HP 458 Monte Carlo Edition 30
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Ferrari, Ferrari 458 Challenge, ferrari 458 italia interior, News, rumor, rumors on 08 30th, 2012

Ferrari 458 Spider Scuderia Rendering

Most times, as the age of a particular performance vehicle starts to mount, the manufacturer tends to introduce a hard-core ‘performance-boosted’ version of the said vehicle. Ferrari has passionately taken this very approach in the past and they are expected to do so again with the 562 hp Ferrari 458 Italia introducing a 620 horsepower 458 Monte Carlo edition.

Over the years, some of the most notable late model Ferrari’s to receive a special one-off performance-boost treatment were the F430 into the 430 Scuderia, the 599 GTB Fiorano into the 599 GTO, and the 360 Modena into the 360 Challenge Stradale. Each of these added performance variations of Ferrari vehicles not only added power, but they improved suspension geometry, lightened the chassis thanks to a stripped interior and other lightweight components, upgraded the brakes and added some functional visual aesthetics.

Ferrari 458 Italia Grand-Am race car

The new Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo, as reported rumors suggest, is expected to be nothing short of Ferrari’s best when it comes to re-engineering an already capable exotic vehicle. The name of the Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo pays homage to where the famous Monaco Grand Prix is held. It would also be fitting that Ferrari unveils this rumored 458 Monte Carlo in Monaco.

[source: autoblog.nl]

Jay Leno’s Fiat 500 Raises $600,000 For Fisher House: Video 29
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Charity Auction, Fiat, Fiat 500, Jay Leno's Garage, Kurt, video on 08 29th, 2012

Last weekend’s Gooding & Company Auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance saw all kinds of exotic and collector cars cross the block. None, however, was more important than a 2012 Fiat 500 Prima Edizione donated by comedian and uber-car-guy Jay Leno.

While the Fiat’s low serial number and second-in-the-country delivery status add to its collectibility, its the charity supported by Leno that was the big draw. Proceeds from the sale of the car went to Fisher House, an organization that houses families of wounded soldiers during the often-long recovery process.

Guests at the auction included Leno, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Army Chief of Staff Ray Odiero. Bidding opened at $50,000, but immediately jumped into the six-figure range. Perhaps more significantly, donations for Fisher House began pouring in to the auction; when the hammer dropped, the car sold at $350,000, but a total of $600,000 was raised for the charity.

Let’s hope that Leno’s actions remind others in show business that it’s not about how much you earn or how much you spend: instead, it’s about how much you give back.

Report: Cadillac Considering Several ‘Flagship’ Vehicles In Upcoming Product Roll-Out 29
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac Ciel, News on 08 29th, 2012

As reports suggest, Cadillac is amped up about introducing several new models to fill certain niches within multi-layered segments. Cadillac is set to introduce not only one flagship model, but ‘several different models’.

The first rollout of a new Cadillac flagship vehicle could debut as early as 2014. Although reports confirm Cadillac is not looking to go “product-for-product” with German rivals, but rather offer a variety of flagships to fulfill foundational and aspirational niches.

Underpinning a future Cadillac flagship to compete with the likings of the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Benz S-Class will be an expansion of the current Omega platform. Still, a Ciel-inspired flagship is likely and this first rolled-out vehicle could be it. From our previous report on a Glamour concept, a variation of such a vehicle is set to debut at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

White House Approves New Fuel Economy Rules, But What Does It Mean? 29
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, CAFE Standards, Fuel Economy, Kurt, News on 08 29th, 2012

The White House – image: Matt Wade Photography

It’s now official: by the year 2025, automakers must deliver average fuel economy of 54.4 miles per gallon across all passenger models sold. When you compare that to the current standard of 29.7 mpg, this much is clear: a lot of things will need to change, and cars are going to get more expensive.

According to government studies cited in The Detroit News, the average price of a new car will rise by $1,726, while the average price of a new truck will increase by $2,059. This will easily be offset by fuel savings, according to the same research; in fact, the buyer of a new car in 2025 will save as much as $5,000 on fuel over the life of the vehicle, even after the higher purchase price is factored in. That sounds good on paper (except the part about paying more up front for savings potentially realized later), but let us ask you this: when was the last time that the government was correct about anything involving financial projections?

Cars will need to get smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient, so expect to see more low-horsepower choices, along with more hybrids and (hopefully) more clean diesels, although the new rules seem to shun diesels for hybrids. As of 2014, the U.S. and Europe share common (or near common) rules for diesel emissions, meaning that automakers will have one less excuse for not offering diesel models worldwide. If our choices are an oil-burner or a hybrid, we’ll take the diesel almost every time.

It’s also important to understand that a Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) of 54.5 mpg doesn’t necessarily translate to 54.5 mpg fuel economy in the real world. Since CAFE is a lab-generated number involving lots of fuzzy math and obscure variables, consumers are likely to see an average fuel economy of around 40 mpg, still a big jump from today’s numbers.

There are provisions for interim reviews along the way as well, which is a good thing when you’re trying to implement technology that doesn’t currently exist at a reasonable price point. While most automakers and the UAW support the plan (since it will effectively mean more new car sales), the National Automobile Dealers Association opposes it on the grounds that it will exclude some 7 million buyers from the new car market due to increased prices.

If the U.S. economy remains in the toilet, it’s clear to us that even more buyers will be avoiding new and more expensive cars, regardless of how much fuel they save.

Image credit: Matt Wade Photography, licensed under CC 2.0

2014 Mazda6 Revealed at Moscow Motor Show 28
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, Mazda, Mazda6, moscow motor show on 08 28th, 2012

It is not very often that cars are revealed for the first time at the Moscow Motor Show, but Mazda has chosen the venue to unveil their all-new 2014 Mazda6.

The new 2014 Mazda6 gets many of its design aspects from the well-perceived 2011 Takeri concept. As an expression of Mazda’s new Kodo (Soul of Motion) design element, the new Mazda6 blends nicely with other new Mazda models.

Mazda has even gone slightly up-scale with a new central rotary dial for controlling the new navigation system, which could be somewhat like BMW’s iDrive.

A choice of new Skyactive-G (gasoline) 4-cylinder engines, including the 148 horsepower 2.0-liter and 189 horsepower 2.5-liter unit will be available for the new Mazda6. A choice of a 6-speed Skyactive-Drive automatic transmission or 6-speed Skyactive-MT manual transmission will be available for the 2.0-liter engine. The bigger 2.5-liter will get the automatic box. A diesel option is expected but no word if the U.S. will get it.

To make things even more efficient in addition to the Skyactive technology, is i-stop regenerative braking combined with start/stop technology. EPA estimates have not been revealed yet.

Expect deliveries of the new 2014 Mazda6 to start late this year.


2014 Mazda6 Press Release

The All-New 2014 Mazda6 Sedan
New Flagship Brings An Added Dimension to the Celebration of Driving

Mazda will premiere the completely redesigned Mazda6 (Atenza) at 2012 Moscow Motor Show. Following on from the Mazda CX-5, the all-new Mazda6 is the second of a new generation of Mazda vehicles which adopt the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and the “KODO – Soul of Motion” design language. Mazda has consistently strived to provide stylish, insightful and spirited cars and the new generation vehicles also offer outstanding environmental performance.

Mazda’s environmental technology development is directed by its Building Block Strategy which first calls for thorough improvements in the base automotive technologies. The next step builds on these improvements with the sequential introduction of electric devices designed to improve fuel economy. The first such device was the i-stop idling stop system introduced in 2009 with the Mazda3 (Axela). The second device, which makes its debut with the new Mazda6 is i-ELOOP, Mazda’s unique brake energy regeneration system which begins charging a capacitor the moment you take your foot off the accelerator. Electricity stored in the capacitor can then be used to power electric components throughout the car. In freeing the engine from much of the duty of providing electricity to these components, more fuel energy goes directly to powering the car resulting in further improvements in fuel economy. In addition, a variety of advanced active safety technologies have been adopted. The new Mazda6 delivers not only precise response and a high-quality, exhilarating driving experience but also outstanding environmental and safety performance.

Drawing on the full potential of both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO design, the Mazda6 aims to take the “joy of driving” to a new level. As the flagship model of a new generation of vehicles, it will build on the momentum created by the success of the CX-5, and heralds a new era for Mazda. It will be introduced to global markets starting late 2012.

“Driving pleasure” begins before you even turn the key

Creation of a flagship model that takes driving pleasure to another level.

“In developing the 3rd generation Mazda6, we pursued Mazda’s intrinsic value, ‘driving pleasure’. We wanted to create a car that reacts and behaves exactly as you expect it to. Part of this involved carefully crafting those parts of the car which you often touch to feel as though they are an extension of your own body,” says Hiroshi Kajiyama, the new Mazda6 program manager. “The distinctive design hints at the power and agility with which the car moves. A variety of original innovations support a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. Mazda’s superb engineering and craftsmanship have realized a car that handles so well it seems to respond directly to the driver’s intentions rather than the physical manipulations of steering, braking and accelerating. In short, the new Mazda6 offers the “joy of driving” that people have come to expect from Mazda, but the experience starts even before you get behind the wheel and lingers long after the drive is over. I can’t wait to see the look on the faces of people getting out of the car after their first time behind the wheel of the new Mazda6.”

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Key characteristics of the all-new Mazda6 sedan (Russian specification)

An Exceptional presence creates an expectation of outstanding driving
performance every time you glance at the car

The new Mazda6 is the mass production model born of the Mazda TAKERI concept car showcased at Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. “The new Mazda6 has a robust framework and a low, wide stance that expresses strength and stability, creating the impression of amazing vitality without detracting from the universal aesthetic appeal and beautiful form it displays as a CD car,” says the chief designer Akira Tamatani. “We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realize a powerful presence. Simply looking at the car heightens one’s expectations about the driving experience even before actually riding in it.”
At a single glance, the exterior design conveys animalistic tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare through its smooth and powerful physique. The coordinated interior, in keynote black, is both chic and contemporary without compromising on a timeless feeling of luxury and quality.

In the front view, we incorporated the ‘signature wing,’ a unifying element of the new Mazda family face design, into the deeply sculpted face. The hood creases extend from the tips of the signature wing and flow into the body character lines. Together, with the solid design of the nose, they complement the overall dynamic form of the body that expresses a strong desire for motion.

Three character lines dominate the side view – an elegant line that extends forward from the rear tire, a rear fender line suggesting driving force from the vehicle’s hind quarter, and a front fender line denoting strong shoulders supporting nimble forefeet. The combination of these lines capture the form of a predator crouched and poised ready to leap forward in an explosion of movement.

 The rear view displays stability through the well balanced proportions of the wedged body, prominent rear fender and compact cabin.

 For the head lights, signature LED luminescence and halo ring light guides are adopted for the first time in a Mazda mass production vehicle.

 The first use of “Soul Red”, a new color born of a unique technological process developed by Mazda, that balances depth and shading which accentuate the car’s dynamic form, and vividness which expresses sportiness.

 The driver-oriented cockpit offers generous space. Three meters laid out symmetrically in the meter hood heighten the expectation for exciting driving.

 Passenger side space provides a sense of both openness and safety with the decorative horizontal line extending through the center panel to the air-conditioning louvers as well as the encircling form of the dash.

 Soft materials are used for areas frequently touched such as the door trim and the upper part of the instrument panel.

 The solid, decorative instrument panel features 2 colors, ‘Bordeaux metal’ and ‘Dark metal’.

 White scale markings appear to stand out from the meter face which feature a combination of spindle groove and honeycomb patterning to achieve a feeling of depth and quality craftsmanship. An encircling metal ring completes a tasteful design, conveying a zeal for
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Quality that raises the anticipation of “driving pleasure”
New generation Mazda products are developed under the design craftsmanship concept which incorporates the designer’s aesthetic sense into a base of detailed and precise engineering. Full-scale implementation of this concept with the new Mazda6 enabled a high-quality, premium finish with a harmony of form and quality while not compromising on functionality. Attention was paid not only to areas passengers see and touch but also to the feel and sound of operating the vehicle in order to create a sense of unity throughout the car. An overall feeling of quality appeals to all the senses and creates an expectation that the new Mazda6 will offer heightened levels of driving pleasure no matter where you take it.

 Details of all parts, including design motif, molding, and surface grain and gloss treatments are carefully executed according to a consistent philosophy.

 In the cabin, the instrument panel is laid out horizontally, and a smooth continuity between the upper area of the instrument panel and the door trim creates an impression of simplicity and neatness.

 Care has been taken to ensure metal-like decorations, such as satin chrome plating.

 Parts which the driver often handles, such as the steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake
lever are carefully crafted to achieve a smooth and consistent feel.

 The layout of the instrument display and operating devices surrounding the driver’s seat has
been optimized in consideration of both the characteristics of human vision and arm and hand movements.

Packaging that fills everyday with joy and pleasure

A spacious and comfortable environment is provided within the dynamic and elegant body form realized by KODO design. It offers an environment where the driver can relax and concentrate on the pleasure of driving. A feeling of anticipation is stirred every time you look at the car, run your hand over the fender, grasp the wheel or adjust the mirror.
Two fundamental aims directed the development of the packaging. The first was to realize spacious, comfortable cabin that perfectly matches KODO design. The second was to refine the Human Machine Interface (HMI) to create a cockpit environment where the driver can feel completely at ease to enjoy the drive. The new Mazda6 packaging achieves all three aims and provides driver and passengers with a great environment in which to savor the “joy of driving.”
Spacious, comfortable cabin that perfectly matches KODO design

 The 2,830mm long wheel base allows a spacious backseat area, ample interior space and a broad canvas for the unrestrained expression of KODO.

 Large 19 inch diameter wheels create a feeling of unshakable stability.

 Compared to the previous model, the front wheel has been moved forward by 100mm in relation to the A-pillar resulting in reduced overhang. The rear deck is also shorter than the previous model. The car’s stance, with the bulk of the mass toward the rear, gives a sense of
explosive power ready to be unleashed at any moment.

 Shoulder room of 1,450mm in the front seat (20mm wider than the previous model) and a large
radius corner on the center console ensure comfortable seating.

 The rear seats feature ample legroom with knee clearance 43 mm greater than the previous
model and amongst the best in the segment. Leg space is 984 mm, which is 37 mm improved 4
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on the previous model. The length of the rear seat cushion is increased 20 mm and the seat
back length increased 33 mm. The rear center arm rest has been enlarged by 60 mm.

 The trunk was designed from an ergonomic perspective. Upper opening width is 32mm wider than the previous model, for easy loading. A swan hinge enables easy and smooth opening and
closing of the trunk. Cockpit environment

 An adjustable front seat combined with adjustable tilt and telescopic steering wheel enable precise adjustment of the driving position.

 A multi commander allows intuitive control of an array of functions such as audio, the navigation system and the sensitivity of the automatic windshield wipers via the center display.

 Trip management information is displayed on a 3.5-inch multi-information display in the meter cluster. Navigation information is shown on a 5-inch display located in the center panel. By separating information into categories and showing them on two different displays, readability and operability were further enhanced.

Driving dynamics
Impressive dynamic performance to achieve precise handling

In driving dynamics, the aim was to provide an exhilarating driving experience that can only be felt when the driver and car become one. Mazda’s fundamental belief is that a smooth linear response to driver input is the basis of driving pleasure, and full enjoyment cannot be attained through speed and power alone. This was the motivation for the introduction of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY throughout the car including the engine, transmission, body and chassis.
Aiming to realize both agility and linearity by uniting the driver and car, Mazda concentrated on providing outstanding levels of high performance via a control system that responds to the driver’s intentions. In terms of acceleration characteristics, this means natural, linear acceleration in response to pedal operation without a hint of jerkiness or delay. For cornering characteristics, this means faithfully responding to steering input, providing immediate feedback from the road and mildly increasing roll so that no steering adjustment is required to maintain the desired cornering line. Finally, for braking characteristics, this means braking performance that gives the driver the feeling of being in complete control, including when releasing the brakes. Closely concentrating on human sensitivity in this way, Mazda strove to balance fundamentally contradictory characteristics of motion: refined, supple motion and light, agile motion. Appropriate for the Mazda flagship model, extremely impressive driving performance including superior high-speed straight-line stability that gives the feeling of complete control has been realized, thus providing an enjoyable, comfortable drive regardless of distance.
(All specifications for the Russian market)

Chassis & Body

 The all-new Mazda6 sedan has a finely tuned SKYACTIV-Chassis front strut and rear multi-link suspension systems, which deliver agile driving performance in the low- to mid-speed ranges and stability in high speed driving.

 SKYACTIV-Chassis column-type electric power assist steering system offers precise control by responding to small steering inputs as needed without forcing changes in the positions of the hands holding the wheel and contributing to a linear steering feel. The new control assist enhances straight-ahead stability and prevents steering pull on rough road surfaces.

 The optimized brake booster curves deliver effective, precise and assured braking performance 5
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all the way up to high G areas attributable to easily-controllable initial pedaling and enhanced
stability enabled by higher brake cooling efficiency.

 Robust SKYACTIV-Body structure makes wider use of ultra-high tensile steel and results in a
weight reduction while at the same time improving torsional rigidity by about 30%

 Engineering efforts in NVH performance focused on achieving class-leading quietness in the cabin and creating a pleasant yet exhilarating engine sound under acceleration. The improved NVH performance mainly comes from effectively blocking noise paths from the engine and the
road to the cabin and designing parts to effectively absorb sound energy.

 The optimized under-floor design improves aerodynamic performance by rectifying airflow under the vehicle and minimizing the trailing vortex by directing the airflow upwards via the tail up design of the main silencer. CD target is class-leading 0.26 (depending on grade). This
contributes to high-speed stability as well as an improvement in fuel efficiency.

 SKYACTIV-G (gasoline engine) equipped models offer abundant torque characteristics at low engine speeds enabling acceleration that precisely matches the driver’s intentions in various driving situations, contributing to a precise and linear response; high-quality ride and superb fuel economy performance.

 The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine offers maximum torque of 210 Nm / 4,000 rpm and maximum output of 110 kW / 6,000 rpm. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine, deployed for the first time in the new Mazda6, offers a maximum torque of 256 Nm / 3,250 rpm and maximum output of 141 kW / 5,700 rpm. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 also features a balance shaft that contributes to the mitigation of engine vibration and low noise output.

 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 comes with 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission or 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gear box. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 is combined with the SKYACTIV-Drive transmission. Precise and nimble driving performance is supported by both SKYACTIV-Drive, designed to control driving force and gear speed linearly in response to acceleration pedal input, and SKYACTIV-MT, which offers a light and crisp shift feel.

 Environmental and Safety Performance
Environmental and safety performance for driving pleasure and peace of mind
Environmental and safety performance was further enhanced in the all-new Mazda6 so customers can enjoy driving with peace of mind. In terms of environmental performance, the addition of i-stop and i-ELOOP improves the already outstanding fuel economy achieved with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. The foundation of the new Mazda6′s safety performance lies in its outstanding handling that responds immediately to the driver’s input, excellent visibility and the crash-worthiness of the highly rigid SKYACTIV-Body. On top of this, an array of advanced safety technologies has been employed to support the driver in the safe operation of the vehicle. For example, Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) drive awareness and improve field of vision at night. Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) will take steps to avoid or reduce the severity of an accident even if the driver takes no action. Finally, superior passive safety minimizes damage when collisions do occur.
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Environmental performance

 The new Mazda6 is the first model to adopt the “i-ELOOP” brake energy regeneration system, which contributes to an improvement in fuel efficiency in real world driving situations. This is the first passenger car brake energy regeneration system in the world to utilize a capacitor. SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine models are available with i-ELOOP and i-stop.

 The “i-stop,” Mazda’s original idling stop system is introduced on the new Mazda6. This system boasts a class-leading engine re-start time of 0.35 seconds.

 Award-winning single-nanotechnology in the catalyst improves the exhaust gas after-treatment process and reduces the amount of precious metal required.
Safety performance

■ Active Safety Technologies:
[Maximize the range of conditions in which the driver can drive safely and comfortably]

 Moving the bottom of the A-pillar rearwards by 100mm, compared with the outgoing model, and mounting the rear view mirror on the door rather than the base of the A-pillar helps enhance the forward and peripheral visibility.

 High-Beam Control system (HBC) uses a sensor to detect oncoming vehicles and automatically changes between high and low beam to help avoid blinding other drivers during night driving.

 Adaptive Front-lighting system (AFS) predicts curvature based on the degree of steering input and vehicle speed and turns the headlights in the direction that the vehicle is actually heading. This improves visibility when driving at night.

 Hill Launch Assist (HLA) helps prevent the Mazda6 from rolling backwards while the driver’s foot moves from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal when taking off on a hill.
[Provide hazard alerts to help the driver avoid dangers and recover the safe operation of the vehicle]

 Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) cause the hazard lights to rapidly flicker on and off in the event of panic braking at 50 km/h or faster in order to warn vehicles behind.

 Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) comes into effect at 30 km/h or faster and detects cars approaching from behind or driving in the blind spot area on either side and warns the driver when he or she turns on the indicator to change lanes.

 The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) uses a camera to judge the position of lines on the road and warns the driver of unintentional lane departures, thus minimizing the risk of collision due to driver inattention or fatigue.
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[Help avoid or reduce the severity of a collision when the driver alone cannot safely operate the vehicle]

 Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) uses a near-infrared beam sensor to help prevent collisions and, in cases where prevention is not possible, reduce the impact of frontal collisions at low speed (up to 30 km/h) by automatically applying the vehicle’s brakes.

■ Passive Safety Technologies:
[Help protect passengers and pedestrians in the event of a collision]

 The lightweight yet highly-rigid SKYACTIV-Body provides excellent crashworthiness and is designed to attain top safety ratings in tests around the world.

 A multi-load path structure and a front end with an X-shaped cross-section increases impact energy absorption, further improving safety performance in frontal, side and rear-end collisions.

 The anti-whiplash design of the front seats helps to reduce neck injury in the event of a rear-end collision.

 There are two impact beams in the front doors. The upper beam has a round cross-section, and the lower beam has a double-ridged cross-section. The lower rear beam also has a double-ridged cross-section, helping to improve strength.