Mazda is re-introducing the special edition Mazda6 Sakata for September 2004 after its hugely successful appearance earlier this year. Previously available in March, all 500 limited edition models sold out rapidly.
The Mazda6 Sakata will be available in either a five-door hatchback body style costing £13,295 on-the-road, or an attractive estate version priced at £14,795 on-the-road. Hatchback models are powered by Mazda’s lively MZR 1.8-litre 120ps (118bhp) petrol engine, and estate cars come equipped with a 2.0-litre 141ps (139bhp) petrol engine.
Based on the entry-level Mazda6 S model, the Mazda6 Sakata also includes some great extras such as a single CD player, metallic paint and a strikingly styled rear spoiler. It will be offered in two colours brand new to the standard Mazda6 range: Strato Blue and Sparkling Silver.
Jeremy Thomson, marketing director for Mazda Motors UK, explained the reasoning behind the Mazda6 Sakata’s re-appearance.
"The reaction to the Mazda6 Sakata when it was first released in March 2004 was quite amazing. We decided to release it for a second period as it proved so popular with the car buying public," commented Mr Thomson.
"The Mazda6 Sakata combines the practicality and comfort of the Mazda6 S grade with some excellent additional features, all for a reduced special edition price."
Standard safety features fitted to the Mazda6 Sakata include six airbags – twin front dual stage smart airbags, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Disc brakes with ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) give shorter stopping distances and safer braking control.
Comfort and convenience are high priorities too, so the Mazda6 provides a spacious cabin with excellent ergonomics for the seats and controls. Another attraction is the ‘karakuri’ rear seat system, which instantly creates a completely flat load floor simply by pulling one handle for each of the seat backs to give a 60/40 split.
The Mazda6 was the best selling Mazda model in Britain during 2003 with 14,423 units sold in its first full year of sales with almost 9,000 units sold in the UK so far this year. Mazda6 has also won many accolades such as What Car? ‘Estate Car of the Year’ in 2003 and 2004 and was recently named ‘User-Chooser Car of the Year’ by Fleet World.
The Mazda6 1.8-litre produces 165Nm (122lb ft) of torque at 4,300rpm and returns an economical 36.2mpg on the official combined cycle. The MZR 2.0-litre engine produces 181Nm (134lb ft) of torque at 4,100rpm and returns 31.4mpg on the combined cycle. Insurance groups for the Mazda6 Sakata will be 7E for the hatchback models and 9E for estate cars.Published 7 August 2004