Mazda, globally is a fairly small fish.
When the Mazda6 MkII was launched in 2008, the company was part of the larger Ford Motor Company – a product of some interested post-WWII treaty outcomes, along with some strategic missteps in the 1990s during the Japanese Economic downturn.
The Mazda6, both in MkI and MkII forms was part of what was known as CD3 – a Ford Platform code for midsize platforms that included the first and second generations of the European Mondeo, various Mazda models, and some US vehicles – the Ford Fusion, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ Sedans, and the Ford Edge & Lincoln MKX SUVs. CD3 was replaced in 2007 in Europe with the EUCD MkIII Mondeo – EUCD morphing into CD4 for the MkII Fusion / Lincoln MKZ and the second generation CUVs.
This might imply that the CD3 was an old platform. In part, this was true, in an earlier iteration it had provided the basis of the Mazda Capella / 626 and the Tribute SUV. However Mazda had focused much attention on setting up vehicle architectures to maximise reuse, and to improve the Product Development creation cycle to reduce investment and to provide platform bandwidth for the creation of various vehicle configurations.
Mazda, departed the Ford stable in late 2008 as part of a company restructure to ensure company liquidity during the Global Financial Crisis. Mazda has gone on to develop new vehicle architecture(s) under the name SkyActive, preserving the philosophy of commonality, bandwidth and re-usability.
This Lego miniland-scale Mazda6 model is the 2008 launch MkII in what is known in the Australian market as the ‘Luxury Sedan’. This variant (as did all Australian versions of the Mazda6) deployed the largest capacity petrol engine, at 2.5 L, joined a year later by a 2.0 Turbo Diesel (MZD) version. The Australian market had three bodystyles: sedan, liftback and wagon. The MkIII version no longer includes the versatile liftback, as the US market does not favour this body configuration.
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