Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mazda's Sound of Silence; Motoring World

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mazda's Sound of Silence; Motoring World

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IT took a long stare at the rev counter on the new Mazda6 to convince me the engine was still running.

I had just slipped behind the steering wheel of the new car and my co-driver had left it running for me - but it was so quiet that without checking the dial I would never have known.

Mazda's slogan is Zoom Zoom - but with the new Mazda6 it could just as easily be the sound of silence.

The Japanese company has gone to a lot of trouble to ensure the new model is dramatically quieter than its predecessor with a myriad of underfloor sound absorbing shields and covers and a whole wedge of specially designed sound absorption insulators - and it works brilliantly.

On the road you can virtually hear the clock ticking. Stationary on tickover, you would swear the engine wasn't running.

And the "silence is golden" approach is just one of the factors that is going to make the new generation Mazda6 a best seller.

To be a winner a car firstly has to look good and this one certainly does. In fact it makes the original Mazda6 look positively plain.

The new sporty design with its "oriental style" headlamps, accentuated front wheel arches - similar to those on the RX-8 - and dramatic flowing roof line ensures the new car looks stunning.

This is a large car - 6.5cm longer than the outgoing model, 1.5cm wider and 0.5cm taller - with far more passenger space in the cabin but the swept back styling makes it appear svelte and slimline.

And despite being better equipped it is lighter than the outgoing model and has the lowest drag coefficient of any Mazda ever.

When the car goes on sale in the UK at the end of the year there will be three petrol engines available; a 1.8-litre, 120bhp; a 2.0-litre, 147bhp and a 2.5-litre, 170bhp. A 2.0-litre, 140bhp diesel follows in January. …

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