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It's believed that zoom-zoom automaker Mazda is working closely with Toyota on a Mazda6 equipped with Hybrid Synergy Drive. In fact, spy shots reveal the rumored-to-launch-in-2013 Mazda6 hybrid makes use of a Toyota Prius-sourced gear lever and EV mode button.

Word is the hybrid Mazda6 uses a 155-horsepower SkyActiv engine that will make its U.S. debut in the 2012 Mazda3. For comparison, the Toyota Prius cranks out a combined 134 horsepower, so the 6's gas engine, plus its electric propulsion system, ought to make for a vehicle that's a bit zoomier than the Prius. Mazda engineers will reportedly be responsible for tuning the hybrid 6's engine and making sure every bit of the vehicle works as expected, leaving Toyota with the single task of supplying the Hybrid Synergy Drive system.

Though this gas-electric 6 counters Mazda's "Not Electric. Not Hybrid. Not A Drag To Drive" slogan and doesn't exactly jive with the automaker's SkyActiv push, it is expected to launch in late 2012 or early 2013. We assume the marketing will change by then, too.


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      Chris M
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm guessing that when this launches, they'll conveniently forget their old ad campaign and pretend they never said that...
      paulwesterberg
      • 4 Years Ago
      So in 2013 mazda compete in the hybrid marketplace by adding slightly more horsepower than the 2007 toyota camery hybrid(147hp) and the 2009 ford fusion hybrid(152hp). If a handful more ponies under the hood doesn't fire up hybrid enthusiasts I don't know what will!
        usbseawolf2000
        • 4 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        2012 Camry hybrid would have 160hp (gas) and 206hp combined. http://priuschat.com/forums/prius-hybrid-ev-alt-fuel-news/95790-2012-jdm-camry-hybrid-5.html#post1370471
        Mr. Sunshine
        • 4 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        There is no 2009 Ford Fusion Hybrid. 2010 was the first "model year." It also has 156hp gas I-4 + 35hp electric engine = 191hp combined. Also, I believe the Ford Fusion and the Mazda6 are on the same platform still. So, I'm inclined to believe that the 2013 Mazda3 Hybrid (w/ 155hp SkyActiv) will be very similar in economy to a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (w/ current 156hp 1-4), especially if they're going to make it sporty. It isn't a bad thing because the Fusion Hybrid is a great., but it's a little too late. Toyota's is going to release a 2012 Camry Hybrid that is 15% better than the current class leading 2010/11 Fusion Hybrid within a few months time, later followed by an all new 2013 Mondeo/Fusion Hybrid that is even better than the 2012 Camry Hybrid.
      usbseawolf2000
      • 4 Years Ago
      More power than Fusion hybrid. More trunk space than Sonata hybrid. We'll see how the MPG comes out but the estimate 15% increase is encouraging. I hope the Mazda 6 HSD has a big trunk as the Camry hybrid.
      kant
      • 4 Years Ago
      in the past that would have been true but mazda is currently rolling out it's skyactiv line. Which means new engine, new tranny, new chasis. To put that in prespective, the 2012 mazda3 (launching late this year) has an epa rating of 40 hwy and that's without the new chasis. -2011 Ford Fusion hybrid: 41 City / 36 Hwy. -2011 Toyota Camry hybrid: 31 City / 35 Hwy -2011 Toyota Prius: 51 City / 48 Hwy -2011 Honda Civic hybrid: 40 City / 43 Hwy So combine a 40 mpg skyactiv engine with a hybrid system and I think i'll be more than competitive.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's curious how such seemingly gargantuan companies can have such fear of electric drive and not know how to do it. introducing a conventional prius in 2013 is weak sauce. and additionally comical since their future devotion to pure ICE was just declared a few weeks ago
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha. Everyone says they won't do electric or hybrid etc. then they end up doing it 1-2 years later. 2013 is too late for this car to come out. Methinks Mazda is scrambling to make those CAFE numbers.
      paulwesterberg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks, I knew the camry hybrid drive-train was due for a refresh, but couldn't find a good source to verify the specs.