Mazda celebrates large family car award

Mazda has celebrated the fact that one of its models has won the large family car category of the Environmental Transport Association’s (ETA) 2007 car buyers’ guide.

The Mazda6 was named the best large family car, while the manufacturer itself was the runner-up for the motoring innovation award, for its development of an eco-friendly coating technology for use in car manufacture.

This system integrates the primer coating and top coating processes, leading to a 15 per cent cut in CO2 emissions as well as a reduction in the output of volatile organic compounds.

A ten-star ‘green ranking’ was awarded to the Mazda6 by the ETA. The car is a two-litre diesel model with manual transmission as standard and is capable of returning up to 47mpg.

Rob Lindley, managing director of Mazda UK, said: "The stylish Mazda6 kick-started the change in perception of our brand in 2001 and since then the Mazda Corporation has completely renewed its product line-up.

"The Mazda6 has become our top-seller in the UK and in its latest form, with diesel power and a six-speed transmission, it is an extremely fuel-efficient, refined and safe car – an achievement acknowledged by the ETA award."

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