• Mar 17, 2006


The Mazda6 has proven itself to be much loved by selling its one millionth unit in late February. That’s four years and one month after the first Mazda6 rolled off the line at Mazda’s Hofu No. 2 plant in February of 2002. That’s also the fastest any Mazda vehicle has achieved the million mark.

U.S. production of the Mazda6 (known as the Atenza in Japan) began in October of 2002 at a joint venture plant in Michigan that’s shared with Ford. In January of 2006 the Mazda6 also began rolling off the line at a new assembly plant in Jilil Province, China.

Considering the competitiveness of the segment in which the Mazda6 competes and that it’s doing so on a global scale with minimal modifications, it’s clear Mazda has created a true “world car” that’s the envy of many automakers at the moment.

[Source: Mazda]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "These dealerships are small, old, and unfriendly."

      I haven't really had a problem with service departments being unfriendly, but I definitely have to agree with the other two. One big downside to Mazda ownership is the service departments...they're often not a place you want to be in.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the reason that mazda cannot do taht w/ the mazda6 is b/c the I4 doesn't have enough power for awd, and b/c of the ip/ console in the v6 model there isn't enough room for awd.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was home in the States for Christmas, and spent a day car shopping with my brother. Being overseas with the Air Force, there aren't places to go test drive endless new car possibilities ad nauseum that I don't intend to buy (MK), and I wanted to check out two cars I might buy when I caome back to the US in July. One was the Honda Element, The other the Mazda6 Wagon, very popular in Europe, but not exactly the same car as in the US. I should probably mention that I'm a 39 year old male, married, with a houshold income of $75-100K a year, certainly able to buy either car if I want it.

      The Honda dealer was closer, and was happy to pull out two different Elements for me to test drive, one auto, the other manual. The manual one was brand new, 6 miles on it, and they had to take the plastic off the interior and windows for me to test drive it, but were happy to do so.

      Then on to the Mazda dealer, who looked at me like I was a snot-nosed kid in a Ferrari dealship. What, let me drive his precious $28,000 car? Who did I think I was to even ask? Was I going to buy one today? I finally shamed the salesman into letting me drive one (only had two), but only after he held on to my ID and made me fill out a two-page insurance waiver.

      Now the truth is, I didn't care for the Element, and loved the Mazda6 wagon (although I also disliked the 6-speed auto, which is often in 4th by 30mph). But which dealership would I want to deal with? The Mazda salesman wouldn't even talk about how I might order a car with a stick shift. I wasn't surprised to be one of about 20 people at the Honda dealer, and the only customer at the Mazda dealer. Hey salesmen, it's not all about the car, guys.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That headline should read "Mazda makes millionth Atenza"; the 6 has been a pretty third-rate seller here, never reaching six digits unlike the 400,000 Camcords sold each year.

      Then again, Mazda should take its foreign success and American failure as a good sign. Everyone on this planet has better taste than us.

      Sharpest-looking, most fun mid-size sedan, yes it is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am the proud (American) owner of a 2006 Mazda6i 5-speed. I couldn't be happier with this car. Everyone who sees it showers me with praise over how it looks. It handles great, and has enough room to haul around my friends.

      My only complaint is the stereo head unit. It's quite difficult to replace it with an aftermarket unit, and there's no auxilary jack to plug in an mp3 player.

      Congrats Mazda!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sure it sold 1,000,000 units, but at what a cost? My friend bought a base model (4 cylinder, manual, cloth, etc) & got ~ $6,000 off the list price. I know the profit margin on that thing is no where near that high.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gave up a Passat Turbo4 for a 2006 six-cylinder 6.Passat had repair issues, major turbo lag and second-rate Monsoon radio.Love the road feel of the 6. Cams and accords are boring and soft.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Crunchy. I'm glad that Mazda never sells as much as Toyota-Honda. If they became as 'popular' with the general 'transportation' crowd, they'd have to soften their cars, move them upmarket (AKA bigger, fatter, more cup holders, driver aids) and make them look more plain vanilla to be regarded 'inoffensive'.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I was speaking of this Mondeo:
      http://www.ford.co.uk:80/safari/mondeo/mondeo/mdo_0504_intro/-/-/-/-

      Not the old Contour. I remember that one. I didn't care for it except in SVT trim. But this new one looks pretty slick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5
      It's my understanding that the Contour failed due to Ford giving outrageous discounts on the Taurus to try and get back the "best selling car" title from the Camry. Why would someone buy a Contour when they could get a Taurus for nearly the same price? I'm not disagreeing with you, just providing my view of how events transpired and why the Contour did so poorly in North America.
      • 8 Years Ago
      3: Ford did bring the Mondeo here. It was a world car but with a different name: Contour. Though well received by many critics, it did poorly here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Congrats to Mazda.

      I am impressed that the Mazda6 has sold well all over the world. In the US, it may be doing average in the numbers race in its segment, but compared worldwide I think it beats any other world-wide model.

      And what's most impressive is that it's the same size, same shape car you get in any part of the world. Only engine types are different. Can't say that for Accord, Camry, Altima, that's bigger and different for the US than other parts of the world.

      It shows that worldwide people in different countries and cultures appreciate the same sleek lines and handling of this car.