Mazda is unveiling the 6 at this week's Tokyo motor show, signalling an assault on the global midsize car market. It uses a new platform and there will be 4dr, 5dr and estate derivatives.
Ford, which has a controlling interest in the manufacturer, wants to see it evolve as a distinctive brand. The 6 (pictured), to use a new family of petrol and diesel engines, will be built at Hofu, Japan, and go on sale next summer. Honda said the all-new CR-V was the only British-built car making a debut at the show. It uses Honda's global compact car platform and will be built at Swindon and in Japan. UK sales start in the spring. (October 23, 2001)