Friday, August 17, 2007, posted by Auto Rider at 9:49 PM

Japanese automaker Mazda recently announced that the new Mazda6 will be unveiled at the upcoming 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Mazda6, according to the automaker, is based on the Ford Mondeo. The Mazda6 is the follow-up of the automaker to the new Mazda2. “Following the all-new Mazda2, the new Mazda6 is the second Mazda new generation product to evolve to the next stage, further deepening the emotional connection between man and machine,” according to the automaker.

Based on a modified CD3 platform – know as CD3-2 – the 2008 Mazda 6 will be sharing the platform with the new Ford Mondeo. The 2008 Mazda 6 will be powered by Ford’s new 250-horsepower 3.5-liter “Cyclone” engine. A hybrid model will eventually become available, using the same 2.5-liter hybrid engine as the American 2008 Ford Fusion. Production will take place in Flat Rock, Michigan (for North American models), as well as Japan.

The Dearborn automaker has shares in Mazda and the two automakers are sharing platforms to cut down cost in the manufacturing process.

Mazda will be discontinuing production of a wagon variant of the Mazda6.

Regardless of the wagon variant discontinuation, the automaker is expected to attract consumers with the new Mazda6. The Mazda2 was well received and has earned favorable reviews from auto journalists and it will not be surprising if the new Mazda6 receives the same accolade.

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