Mazda Mazda6

North A Mazda 6 production is handled at the AutoAlliance International plant, which is a joint venture between Ford and Mazda. For those wondering, Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda. The first Mazda6 rolled off this Flat Rock, Michigan assembly line on October 1, 2002, which was only one month after 626 production ended. Hofu plants in Hiroshima produce the Mazda6 for Europe and Australia. There are also satellite plants building Mazda6 models in China and Thailand for their respective local markets. The Mazda6 is classified as a mid-size car. The name Atenza is used only in Japan and the Mazda6 moniker is used everywhere else in the world. The Mazda6 replaced the Mazda 626, and has sold over one million units worldwide since its introduction, making it the fastest Mazda vehicle to reach the one million mark. For reasons unknown, the launch of this vehicle was a fairly big deal and buyers were ready and waiting from the moment the models came flowing off the assembly lines. This was not liked some models where the anticipation and excitement takes time to build. Further, the Mazda6 was second place in the European Car of the Year award and made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 2003. The Sport Wagon won the Canadian Best New Station Wagon award, while the Sport sedan won the Canadian Best New Family Car award for 2005. The list continues as the Mazda6 won the title of Australia's Best Cars in 2002 and 2003 but was beaten by the Subaru Liberty in 2004 and the Honda Accord Euro in 2005. Wheels magazine also awarded the Mazda6 winner of its Active Safety Program in July 2005. This model is really at the top, meaning it can sadly only go down from here. It will be interesting to watch and see how it holds up mechanically over the years.