Only a week after the release of a series of pictures of the 2014 Mazda6 sedan, the automaker revealed the station wagon variant today during a special ceremony at the company's Hofu Plant No. 2, in Japan to commemorate the start of the production of the new mid-size model.
Mazda will produce both the sedan and station wagon body styles of its Honda Accord and VW Passat rival at the Japanese factory. The first vehicle to roll off the assembly line was a Mazda6 wagon built to European specifications and powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engine.
In his speech, Mazda President and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi commented: "I am deeply moved that production of the third generation Mazda6, the flagship model of our new-generation vehicles, starts in such an important year for us."
He continued: "The new Mazda6 that starts rolling off the line today features both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO - Soul of Motion design. Its development represents the very best of our engineering capability and our uncompromising attention to detail."
The Japanese company said that it aims to build around 120,000 units of the Mazda6 per year at the Hofu Plant.
The Mazda6 sedan in Russian specification will debut at the Moscow International Automobile Salon on August 29, 2012, with the European spec saloon as well as the station wagon to premiere at the Paris Motor Show in late September.
Sales of the new Mazda6 will begin in Europe and Japan before the end of 2012, followed by other markets including Australia and North America at the beginning of 2013.