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MAZDA INTRODUCES DRAMATIC NEW MX-6 SPORTS COUPE FEATURING V-6 POWER AND STUNNING STYLING (Product Announcement)

 MAZDA INTRODUCES DRAMATIC NEW MX-6 SPORTS COUPE
 FEATURING V-6 POWER AND STUNNING STYLING
 DETROIT, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The powerful, all-new V-6 engine and sleek, sophisticated lines of the all-new 1993 Mazda MX-6 sports coupe establish the vehicle as a leader in its class. The new MX-6 made its North American debut Jan. 7 at the 1992 North American International Auto Show held at Cobo Hall.
 The site of the MX-6's introduction, in the heart of the U.S. automobile industry, is significant, because the MX-6 is produced at Mazda Motor Manufacturing (U.S.A.) Corporation (MMUC) in nearby Flat Rock, Mich. Adding further significance is the fact that the MX-6 will be classified as a domestic car, with domestic content exceeding 75 percent, based on the CAFE formula. Mazda has been aggressively promoting an increase of local content, in partnership with local suppliers.
 The new MX-6, which goes on sale later in the spring, has been designed to appeal to young adults who value sophistication and style, but also demand responsive performance and functionality.
 Two models will be offered: the MX-6, and the more luxurious and sporty MX-6 LS. The MX-6 is powered by a 118-horsepower, 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine. The LS is powered by one of the only V-6 engines in this class, a potent 2.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 that produces a class-leading 164 horsepower.
 The MX-6 features four-wheel independent suspension for a solid, stable ride with excellent handling. Power rack-and-pinion steering is standard on both models. Brakes on the MX-6 are ventilated discs in front and drums at the rear. The LS model features four-wheel disc brakes. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is offered on both models. The ABS option adds rear disc brakes to the MX-6 model.
 The styling of the MX-6 is fluid, yet aggressive, with flowing lines and a steeply raked windshield that emphasizes its sporty nature. The wide stance and sleek cabin of the MX-6 give it a look of great stability and strength. Careful attention to airflow over this shape has resulted in a 0.31 coefficient of drag.
 Inside the MX-6, there is room for four passengers. The gauges and controls are clustered where they may be easily seen and operated by the driver. The instrument panel sweeps smoothly into the center console, while the door trim blends into the rear seat trim. Leather seating surfaces are available on the LS model, as is a compact disc player.
 Mazda has designed the MX-6 to be totally asbestos-free. In addition, most of the large plastic parts used in the MX-6 are coded for easier recyclability, and fully 80 percent are recyclable.
 The MX-6 became the first Mazda to be assembled in the U.S. when the first vehicle rolled of the MMUC assembly line on Sept. 1, 1987. Since then, the Mazda 626 family sedan and the Ford Probe have been added to production at the $550 million plant near Detroit.
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