Mazda has launched a new special edition model for March, the Mazda6 Sakata, offering outstanding customer value and a high specification.
In Mazda showrooms from March, the Mazda6 Sakata is priced at £12,995 on the road and is based on the Mazda6 S, powered by Mazda's MZR 1.8-litre 120ps (118bhp) four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve petrol engine.
The Mazda6 Sakata special edition adds £1,000 worth of extra specification to the standard S grade model featuring a six disc CD autochanger, sporty rear spoiler and two new colours for Mazda6 Strato Blue and Velocity Red.
All the usual safety features are fitted as standard to the Mazda6 Sakata with six airbags including driver and front passenger dual stage smart airbags, front seat side airbags and full-length front and rear curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes with 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 ergonomic positioning of the seats and controls. The load-space volume of the saloon is enhanced by remarkable flexibility in the hatchback, which features a ‘one-touch’ karakuri system to fold the entire rear seat structure. This ‘karakuri’ seat system 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 chassis and suspension of the Mazda6 has been tuned to give sporty handling; all this offers a great handling car that has a sporty feel but is a practical and functional family car with the quality, durability and reliability standard with all Mazdas.
The Mazda6 was the best selling Mazda model in 2003 with 14,423 units sold for its first full year of sales. Mazda6 is a vehicle that has successfully penetrated the competitive C/D segment since its launch in June 2002 and has won many accolades such as What Car? Estate Car of the Year 2003 and 2004 and Scottish Car of the Year 2002.
The Mazda6 1.8-litre produces 165Nm (122lb ft) of torque at 4,300rpm and returns an economical 47.9mpg on the Official combined cycle. The five door 1.8-litre model achieves 0-62mph in 11 seconds and has a top speed of 121mph. The insurance group for Mazda6 Sakata is very competitive at 7E, the same as the standard Mazda6 1.8-litre S model.
The Mazda6 Sakata special edition is set to be a much sought after vehicle with just 500 units available in Mazda showrooms from March.Published 20 February 2004