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The all-new Mazda6 Saloon may have only been on the market since the start of the year but it’s already starting to make its mark in the fleet and family car sector.

Thanks to its innovative design, class-leading fuel economy and award-winning SKYACTIV Technology, the new-generation Mazda6 saloon is arguably one of the best large family cars around.

But does the all-new Mazda6 Saloon actually live up to all the hype? This week, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has been putting the Mazda6 through its paces, scrutinising everything from its stylish design to its fuel consumption.

In today’s blog, Donna Kelly takes a look at the Mazda6’s award-winning design to find out what makes this innovative family saloon so special.

‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ Design Language

The third-generation Mazda6 is the first car to feature the full ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language, Mazda’s all-new design theme inspired by the movements of animals in the wild.

Mazda6-SaloonCreated by Ikuo Maeda (Mazda’s Global Head of Design), the Mazda6’s imposing design and forward-leaning stance imitates a wild animal that’s ready-to-pounce or an athlete springing into motion, conveying the sudden release of pent-up energy.

At the front, the Mazda6’s imposing front bumper, swooping front wings and striking angled headlights all frame the Mazda6’s handsome face, making it one of the best-looking cars in the Mazda line-up.

The front shield grille (taken from the original Takeri concept car) has been toned down while halo rings in the headlamp clusters mimic those on the BMW 3-Series, creating a dignified and purposeful expression.

At the rear, the Mazda6’s body sides blend seamlessly with the rear end with the sleek rear tail lights designed to emphasise the width of the car, complimenting the Mazda6’s strong, sporty impression.

But don’t be fooled by the Mazda6’s striking good looks because beneath its sleek design, is a quieter, more aerodynamic framework, with a new lightweight design, stiffer chassis and body structure (which is lighter and more efficient than the Ford Mondeo) all helping to make the Mazda6 a segment leader both in design and safety.

Colour & Personality

Mazda6-Saloon-LightThe all-new Mazda6 boasts a range of new exterior colours designed to highlight the features of the Mazda6’s KODO design.

Blue Reflex Mica, Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica all make their debut on the new Mazda6 model, along with the striking Soul Red Metallic all-body colour, designed specifically to complement the dynamic body styling of the Mazda6.

Our test model was wrapped in Blue Reflex Mica, a light blue/grey metallic colour that’s subtly sophisticated, perfect for fleet users and/or company car drivers.  19” alloy wheels with twisted spokes complete the look on the top-spec Sport Nav model.


The all-new Mazda6 boasts a number of design awards to its name including the renowned Red Dot Award for ‘Product Design 2013’, CarBuyer’s ‘2013 Best Large Family Car’ award and ‘Best Upper Medium’ category at the Fleet News awards.

The Mazda6 Saloon was also nominated as one of three finalists for the 2013 World Car Design of the Year – not bad for car that’s not even reached its first birthday yet.

If you’re looking for a large family car that boasts excellent build quality and a stylish design inside and out, the all-new Mazda6 is certainly worth considering.

Part Two: Nationwide Vehicle Contracts’ looks at the Mazda6’s comfort and convenience, to see if this innovative saloon is capable of living up to the pressures of busy family life.

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