2014 Mazda6 Named Best New Vehicle At Atlanta Auto Show (VIDEO)

Mar 15, 2013 09:34 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

The Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association named the 2014 Mazda6 "Best New Vehicle" this week at the Atlanta International Auto Show according to a company press release.

"The new Mazda6 has a mix of all the right things for a great car: reliability, outstanding fuel efficiency, stunning design and affordable pricing. It's just what a car should be for drivers today," GAAMA President Davis Adams said according to the company press release.

The redesigned Mazda6 sells for a base price of $20,880 and comes equipped with the company's new suite of SKYACTIV technologies where the engine, body, transmission and chassis all work together to improve the vehicles driving performance and fuel efficient according to the press release.

The SKYACTIV-chassis and SKYACTIV-body will make sure the vehicle's structure is reinforced, quiet, rigid and able to absorb impact in case of an crash. The SKYACTIV-body is made of 61 percent high-tensile steel, which creates a lighter, stronger body according to Mazda.

Standard safety features found in base models include whiplash-reducing front headrests, six airbags, power-assisted ventilated front and solid disc brakes and a traction control system. All models also come with ant-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

"It is an honor to receive this award for the Mazda6," said Jim O'Sullivan, Mazda North American Operations' (MNAO) President and CEO. "With class-leading highway fuel economy of 38 mpg, the Mazda6 is not only fuel efficient, but stylish and fun to drive as well."

The 2014 model also earned a "Top Safety Pick+" by the Insurance Institute for Highway safety this week according to a company press release. The vehicle earned this honor after receiving a "Good" rating for its performance in the new, "more demanding" frontal moderate overlap, side, roof, and head restraint tests.

The vehicle achieved an "Acceptable" in the new small overlap test as well according to Mazda.

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