Mazda 6 Gains 5 Stars From EuroNCAP
19th February, 2009
The new Mazda 6 (known as the Mazda Atenza in Japan) with European
specifications has been awarded a five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme* (Euro NCAP) in
its 2009 combined safety performance test. This accolade makes Mazda 6 one of the safest cars in the world.
For 2009, Euro NCAP has implemented a more stringent evaluation system that awards a single overall vehicle
safety rating combining the scores achieved in four areas of assessment: Adult Occupant Protection, Child
Protection, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assist. The Mazda 6 was in the first group of vehicles tested under
the new framework.
Seita Kanai, Mazda’s senior managing executive officer in charge of R&D and Programme Management, said,
“Mazda 6’s maximum safety rating from Euro NCAP is a reflection of the progress Mazda has made in harmonising
driving pleasure with safety and environmental performance under our Sustainable Zoom-Zoom plan. Going forward, we
will strive to fulfill our corporate social responsibilities by further advancing Mazda’s eco-friendly and safety
Mazda models in Europe that received the highest possible five stars for Adult Occupant Protection under the
previous Euro NCAP rating system include the Mazda 5 (Mazda Premacy) in September 2005 and the Mazda 2 (Mazda
Demio) in December 2007.
While the first generation Mazda 6 combined unique and attractive styling with exceptional driving performance,
the new Mazda 6 has further developed these characteristics and added substantially enhanced safety performance that
complies with the world’s strictest safety standards.
Note: Euro NCAP is an independent agency comprised of the transport authorities of European countries. It has
awarded automotive safety ratings since 1997.
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