Mazda Begins Production of the New Mazda6 at Hofu Plant, Japan image

Mazda Motor celebrated the beginning of the new Mazda6 production at the Hofu Plant No. 2, Japan.

The ceremony was attended by attended by 500 people, among which Mazda’s Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi, employees, executives and Mazda Workers Union representatives. The first vehicle that came off the assembly line was a Mazda6 wagon with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine, manufactured according to European specifications.

“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. It is the 30 year anniversary of the start of operations here in the Nishinoura district of the Hofu Plant and the 10th anniversary of the start of production of the first-generation Mazda6, back in 2002,” said Takashi Yamanouchi.

The new Mazda6 offers both KODO -Soul of Motion design, SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, and it incorporates the company’s i-ELOOP, the unique brake energy regeneration system. This new model is expected to arrive in Japan and Europe at the end of this year and in the US at the beginning of 2013. Mazda plans to manufacture 120,000 units annually at the Hofu Plant. Mazda will unveil the new Mazda6 sedan with Russian specifications on August 29th, at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012.