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Mazda Updates 2009 Mazda6 Launch Info - VIDEO ENHANCED

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IRVINE, CA - July 13, 2008: The 2009 MAZDA6 is all new, and built specifically for the North American market. Lessons learned from the first MAZDA6 and Mazda’s newer successful vehicles—especially the Mazda CX-7 and award-winning CX-9—encouraged a clean-sheet approach to building the best mid-size sports sedan the US market has ever experienced. All efforts have been focused on a single four-door sedan bodystyle offered in two basic series: the MAZDA6 i powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the MAZDA6 s powered by a 3.7-liter V-6. The lineup also includes a comprehensive choice of equipment levels, interior colors and distinct interior trims.

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Compared to the original MAZDA6, the new edition rides on a 4.5-inch longer wheelbase (109.8-in) with wider front and rear track. Overall length is greater by 6.1 inches and width rises by 2.3 inches. Trunk volume has been increased by nearly 10 percent. This larger package not only facilitates increases in every significant interior measurement, it moves the MAZDA6 from the bottom to the top of the mid-size class as defined by SAE and EPA volume measures.

The new powertrains rise to the task of moving the new MAZDA6 with authority. The MAZDA6 i’s new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine has 170-horsepower while the new MAZDA6 s’s 3.7-liter V6 produces a rousing 272 horsepower. Along with output gains ranging from nine to 28 percent, fuel economy also rises.

Highlights of the 2009 MAZDA6: • Exterior and interior design that is bold and exquisite • New 6-speed manual gear box is standard in the MAZDA6 i • Touring and Grand Touring models feature advanced keyless entry that automatically unlocks the doors upon approach and enables push-button starting • Available Blind Spot Monitoring System, rain sensing wipers and Bluetooth® audio & phone