President and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi, delivered a speech at the gathering, pointing out that this occasion also marks the 10th year of production for the Mazda6, and the 30th year of operation at the Nishinoura district of the Hofu Plant.
The first Mazda6 off the line was a European bound wagon, powered by the 2.0-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine. This is the second vehicle in Mazda’s lineup to fully adopt the SkyActiv suite of fuel saving technologies, as well as the brands new KODO- soul of motion design language. Debuting for the first time on the car is Mazda’s i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.
The new Mazda6 will be debuting in North America sometime in early 2013, while deliveries of the car in Europe will start in late 2012.