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Facelifted Mazda6 gets 750 engineering changes to tackle fierce new mid-sized rivals

12 Aug 2005

THE Mazda6 was the first of the new-generation Zoom-Zoom models in the range when it arrived in Australia in September 2002. A combination of perky performance, stylish design and solid reliability has meant it has been a runaway success for the company and it continues to be a dominating figure in the medium segment awash with some very capable vehicles. The modest revisions to the Six have concentrated on refining its already competent handling, dynamics and visual package. In doing so, the company hopes it will continue to attract a younger-than-average buyer profile. Like the rest of the Mazda range, the mid-sizer continues to maintain a reputation for value, safety, quality and features. The facelift improves these virtues while delivering improvements such as a quieter cabin, while the revised 2.3-litre four cylinder engine - mated to either the six-speed manual or five-speed Activematic transmissions - deliver more performance and better fuel economy.

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Model release date: 1 September 2005 to 1 February 2008

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Mazda 626

Released: July 1997
Ended: June 2002
Family Tree: Mazda6

Until June 2002, the 626 name signified Mazda’s mid-sized offering. However, the GE-replacing GF-model 626 during this time was a solid - if unexciting - car. Best described as a tad bland, it drove in an un-involving way and was not available with a V6 engine, which was the main reason for the success of the much-loved previous generations. Standard power was provided by a 93kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which suited the rest of the bland package perfectly. Available in a number of variants and sedan, hatch and wagon bodystyles, the 626 is now gone and forgotten.

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