Mazda6 scores top marks in European safety rating

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Mazda’s flagship arrived in the Philippines in March. Local distributor says almost 100 examples have been sold since.

THE Mazda6 is officially one of the safest cars on the road after receiving five stars from the Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the highest rating possible. The result corroborates Mazda’s strategy to enhance the safety of all its vehicles with innovations like the impact-absorbing SkyActiv-Body and the i-ActiveSense range of driver-supporting active safety technologies, said Berjaya Auto Phils. (BAP), distributor of Mazda in the Philippines.

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The company noted that the 6 becomes the fourth Mazda to have earned five stars from Euro NCAP under a stringent new rating system introduced in 2009, joining the previous-generation 6, the outgoing Mazda3 and the Mazda CX-5.

Scores in each category are determined based on several crash tests, including a 64kph frontal impact, 50kph vehicle side-impact, 29kph pole side impact and 40kph pedestrian impact. Euro NCAP also evaluates the electronic stability control system, according to BAP.

It added that both the sedan and wagon versions of Mazda’s latest flagship scored top marks in all four categories. The grades for adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and safety assist systems were 92%, 77% and 81%, comfortably above the 80%, 60% and 65% thresholds in these categories required to collect five stars overall.

The 6 also scored 66% for pedestrian safety, one the best marks in Europe among vehicles tested this year.

The latest 6 is equipped with Mazda’s SkyActiv Technology and was the first to get the company’s i-ELoop brake energy regeneration system. While being more powerful and more fuel-efficient than ever, BAP said the 6 is also lighter and stronger, featuring ultra-high-tensile strength steel and other innovations to bolster the body’s structures—which lead to excellent passive vehicle safety. This is underpinned by the sensor-based i-ActiveSense systems that help prevent accidents in the first place and reduce their severity should one happens.

The 6 debuted in the Philippines in March, and BAP said it had sold almost 100 units of the car. It is imported from Hiroshima, Japan.

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