Mazda has officially kicked off production of the 2014 Mazda6 at its Hofu No. 2 plant in Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture. The car in the photo above is a European-spec Mazda6 wagon, equipped with the automaker's 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline inline-four, and it's the first undisguised look we have at the rakish estate.

The 2014 Mazda6 will be seen for the first time at the Moscow Motor Show in August, and the rest of the world will get their first glimpse at market-specific models during September's Paris Motor Show festivities. The third-generation Mazda6 will go on sale in Europe and Japan before the end of the year, while North American cars will start hitting dealerships sometime in early 2013.

Mazda plans to produce approximately 120,000 units of the Mazda6 annually at Hofu. 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Mazda6 production there, with the original car (the official 626 replacement) first rolling off the line in 2002.

To review, Mazda will also offer the new mid-sizer with its Skyactiv-D diesel engine in other markets (and possibly the U.S.), and the car will be the first to use the automaker's new i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology. We'll have all the official details later this month.
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Production of All-New Mazda6 Begins at Hofu Plant

- Ceremony held at Hofu Plant No. 2 to mark start of production -

HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation held a ceremony to commemorate the start of production of the new Mazda6 (known as Atenza in Japan), fully redesigned for the first time in five years. The ceremony took place at the company's Hofu Plant No. 2, in Yamaguchi prefecture. Approximately 500 people gathered for the celebration, including Mazda's Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi, executives, employees and a representative of the Mazda Workers Union. The first vehicle to come off the line was a Mazda6 wagon built to European specifications and powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine.

In his speech, Takashi Yamanouchi commented "I am deeply moved that production of the third generation Mazda6, the flagship model of our new-generation vehicles, starts in such an important year for us. It is the 30 year anniversary of the start of operations here in the Nishinoura district of the Hofu Plant and the 10th anniversary of the start of production of the first-generation Mazda6, back in 2002. That first Mazda6 debuted as an embodiment of Mazda's brand message, Zoom-Zoom, and its success led to great improvement in our brand image. The new Mazda6 that starts rolling off the line today features both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO - Soul of Motion design. Its development represents the very best of our engineering capability and our uncompromising attention to detail. Let's all work together to promote the new Mazda6, to make it a model that gains the support of customers all over the world and leads the Mazda brand to new level."

Representing all Hofu Plant employees, Masatsugu Ohgi from the Trim & Final Assembly Gr. No. 2 in the Vehicle Production Dept. No. 4 said "Incorporating everything we have learned about quality improvement through the production of nine million vehicles over 30 years at Hofu, we are determined to deliver a new generation Mazda6 that will outperform the previous model in every respect and stir the emotions of customers around the world."

The all-new Mazda6 is the first model to be equipped with Mazda's unique brake energy regeneration system, i-ELOOP. In all areas the development team tried to instill the essence of the Mazda brand, the joy of nimble handling that responds precisely to the driver's intentions, while offering the class, style, quality and comfort people expect from a car in the CD segment.

The new Mazda6 will be introduced to Europe and Japan before the end of 2012, followed by other markets starting with the US at the beginning of 2013. Mazda is planning to produce approximately 120,000 units of the Mazda6 per year at the Hofu Plant.

Mazda will premiere the new Mazda6 sedan with Russian specifications at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012, which opens on August 29, 2012.

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      Very excited for the new Mazda6, been waiting on this one for a while, ever since the first concept went down this design route. It looks like a much welcome change from the "smiley face" design of the current 6. I'm usually not much of a wagon guy, but I'm really liking the lines on this! Huge step forward for them, now get going with the Miata redesign along these lines and I'll be happy (I know, blasphemy, but one can dream)!
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      AMAZING PROPORTION, and not just for a FWD car! This looks like a premium product. This proves that a non-luxury product does not need to look like the sh*t.
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      PLEASE, please, pLeAsE! Bring this with the damn 2.2 diesel to North America. This is my next car, I have no doubt about it, just bring it with 2.2T and I will commit to one today. There is nothing like this in North America from Japan, take the niche and run with it Mazda! This is your chance to make a come back, don't squander it!
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice "normal" wagon body style! Thankfully not pinched and pulled into a crossover or psuedo-coupe-hatchback shape.
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      Sweet. I want this car in a bad way. With the 180hp Diesel. I really think a low displacement Sky Active would be very cool as well. 2.5 V6 with 210hp, 200lbft. Easily over 30mpg. I am pretty sure we are getting all three body styles. Sedan, wagon and coupe. I could only dream of the coupe being a lift-back design. That would destroy the competition and bring Mazda back in a big way!
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        2.5 V6? That would be an unusual engine and probably quite costly to make from scratch. I'd like to see a skyactiv version of the 2.5 with 210hp, maybe a skyactiv larger V6 or turbo 4 as well
        Gavin Varitech
        • 2 Years Ago
        The Skyactive 2.5 is going to be an inline 4, not a V6.
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      god is that thing sexy. i know what car i'm trading in my mazda 3 for.
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      Please please keep it American version the same as the EU one. When it come, please take my money!!!
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      what a sharp looking car. but i am a tad confused. as this is going to be a 2014 vehicle, and part of the world is set to get it before 2013 is even here? doesn't make much sense to me. but i would so buy the sedan version. it's sexy
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 2 Years Ago
      OMG I want I want I want. With DIESEL!! Finally something to compete with Jetta TDI wagons (which are the car de riguer here in Seattle)
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice! side profile reminds me of alfa 159. nice. the rear door window looks too squarish to me.
      Dean Hammond
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