Mazda has confirmed its all-new Mazda6 sports sedan will launch later this year, with an expected on-sale date in late summer.

The 2009 Mazda6 is the first of Mazda’s “Zoom-Zoom Evolution” second-generation vehicles. The second-generation Mazda6 delivers a combination of sophistication, build quality and product insight not currently found in the market.

“This is a very important vehicle for us because the sales potential is so great,” said Don Romano, president of Mazda Canada. “The mid-size sedan segment — where Mazda6 competes — is a real battleground, with some of the best vehicles in the industry going toe-to-toe for sales. This new Mazda6 was designed and engineered specifically for the North American market — the third Mazda in a row to be so — and will take on the very best cars from Asia, Europe and North America.”

The North American Mazda6 differs from the similarly named car sold in the rest of the world in many ways: Larger interior and exterior size, more powerful engines and unique styling.

Power comes from an all-new 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine and a 3.7-litre V6 as used in the ’08 CX-9 crossover SUV. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or five-speed Sport AT automatic with manual-shift mode (2.5-litre engine), or a six-speed Sport AT automatic with manual-shift mode (3.7-litre V6).

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