• May 13, 2007
More spy shots of the next generation Mazda6 have turned up across the pond at Auto Express -- this time with more angles than we've seen before. From the images it does look like the new model is a bit larger and more aggressive looking than the current version. As with the Mazda3 it looks like they get to share another of the more highly thought of European Ford platforms, in this case the new Mondeo and will include several engine options up to and including the new Ford 3.5L V-6. The new 6 may be making it's debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that it is going to be a stretched CD3.

      I just hate that it looks like it is going to have an ugly front end that takes cues from the Accord/Camry.

      (sigh)

      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy rear overhang, Batman!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      #6: The CD3 is a great platform. I think especially in AWD it is superior to the new S80 platform. But the last years the was an internal competition between CD3 and S80 and with about 5 new European models based on the new platform (S80, V70, Galaxy, Mondeo, S-Max) it just seems CD3 eventually lost.

      This kind of competition is a great thing since it ultimately leeds to a more effiecient production: It's better to try two platforms in the same segment (maybe even an old one and a new one) and ultimately kill that one that makes the least sense.

      Ford is not the only company with to expensive platforms around: Fiat currently uses the most flexible FWD/RWD/AWD platform ever seen that was jointly developped with GM and is possible to fit with transversally and longitudally mounted engines (seen in the Brera and 159). The bad thing: The platform is too heavy and too expensiv. Volkswagen has a too expensive platform for the Golf/Jetta and just wishes back an improved version of the Golf IV platform (soon to be seen in Audis new A1).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd be highly surprised if it were based on Mondeo's underpinnings. Far more likely would be that it's based on the same stretched CD3 platform that the Fusion uses. I'd expect some sportier tuning though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #5, that's the first thing I though of when I saw that side shot. The front is reasonably short for a fwd car, but that rear... It's like the proportions are off.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #1: AFAIK Ford Europe refused to take the CD3 for the new Mondeo because it is more expensive to manufacture than the Volvo S80/V70 platform that now underpins the new Mondeo, S-Max and (Euro-) Galaxy. Since Mazda and Ford Europe share more parts than Mazda and Ford USA (down to the PSA sourced diesel engines) it is more likely to see the new 6 also based on the Volvo platform.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #2 If you are right I'll have a good laugh about it because that means in North America Ford will have the Focus (which is based on a FOE platform that FOE no longer uses), a Taurus (based on a Volvo platform that Volvo no longer uses), and a Fusion (based on a Mazda platform that Mazda no longer uses). Oh Ford and its product planning. The only consolation I'll have at that point is the 2009 Fiesta that should at least be the same as the Euro Fiesta and the Mazda 2. Also the 2010/2011 Focus will also be the same as the Euro Focus and Mazda 3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #4,

      I was surprised by your comment given the amount of critical acclaim I have read about all Mazdas, but a little fact checking proved that you are pretty correct:

      source:http://www.forbes.com/columnists/2006/05/01/backseat-driver-mazda-cx_jf_0502flint.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      re: #8 - calling their AWD platform "AWD" is generous - mostly FWD...
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Im not sure what the problem with mazda is.. they make good driving, good looking cars.. but, their sales have been stagnant for the past 10+ years (usually 240-280k)."

      I was under the impression that the reason for this wasn't lack of demand (at least since the advent of the 6 and 3), but the dealer network and production constraints.