The car in the photo above is the very first production model of the new Mazda 6 to roll of the assembly line at Mazda’s Hofu, Japan factory. It’s in European spec, with the 2.0 liter SkyActiv-G gasoline four-cylinder. The designer of this car deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. For disrupting the vanilla flavored peace of mid size appliances rolling out of other Japanese factories. Most new models have some type of recognition at the plant, but usually it’s nothing special. You could say this car deserves a ceremony just for the way it looks and what’s under the hood, but the ceremony is important also because it marks the 30th anniversary of production at Hofu.
The car should be on sale in Japan and the E.U. by the end of this year, and by 2013, it will have gotten its immigration documents together and set foot on U.S. soil. This is a 100% Japanese Mazda. The company hopes to produce 120,000 cars at the Hofu plant. Rumor has it that the Skyactiv-D diesel which everyone has been clamoring for may make it to the U.S. as well.
Mazda Press Release Excerpt; “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.”