Mazda6 sedan and Grand Tourer with KODO &SKYACTIV Technology Leading German Automotive magazine AUTO Bild chose Mazda6 as the most attractively designed “Mid and Full-sized” car. Some 200,000 readers of the Auto Bild from 15 countries selected which car in Europe looked the best in different segments.

With 23.1 percent of all votes, the Mazda6 left the Maserati Quattroporte (19.1 percent) and the Mercedes E-Class (13.1 percent) behind to win the mag’s design award. The Mazda6 also picked up the international red dot design award recently.

This is the second time round Mazda has garnered an award, as last year the Mazda CX-5, the first KODO – Soul of Motion” design language and SKYACTIV Technology infused vehicle, took the honors. The Mazda CX-5 won the “SUV, Van and All-Wheel” category of 2012 Auto Bild Design award.

So, why is the Mazda6 so popular with the European folks? The answer lies in Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design first and foremost, which is characterized by the staunt body lines with color effects especially for the Mazda6 in Soul Red Metallic shades. The Mazda6’s silhouette is defined by a passenger compartment set far back and prominent wheel wells rising over large tyres of up to 19 inches. The front of the car has the new Mazda grille and LED daytime running lights. At the back of the car the wing-type design of the rear lights repeats the design of the headlights. A ridge continues the chrome strip here outward into the character lines of the side panels making for a dynamic overall rear end design.

The Auto Bild readers most probably agreed with Mazda’s harmonious design motif between exterior and interior, from the dynamic body and its roomy interior.

The next factor boils down to both Mazda6 sedan and Grand Tourer combine ease of movement with functionality. The other important factor is that the Mazda6 is the second car to incorporate full SKYACTIV Technology system, from chassis to powertrain. Thanks to SKYACTIV Technology, fuel consumption for the 4.87 meter long Mazda6 sedan – with 150 PS, 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine with the i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system – is just 3.9 liters per 100 km (combined), which results in CO2 emissions of 104 g/km, one of the best in its segment. This extremely low-compression-ratio diesel engine (of just 14:1) is available in a 175 PS version as well.

A premiere for the Mazda6 is the 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G direct-injection petrol engine producing 192 PS. It also comes in a high-compression 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol in two derivatives with 145 PS and 165 PS. All these petrol engines combine smooth power development with exemplary low fuel consumption. For instance, the 2.0-litre 145 PS version needs just 5.5 liters per 100 km (combined) and produces CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.

Edited: Mazda Europe