Every so often, a carmaker’s future comes to depend upon the success – or failure – of a single product. The original, 1986 Ford Taurus is one of the best examples. Could the next-generation Mazda6 fall into that group? Here’s a first teaser image of the new sedan.
While the Japanese maker does have a number of other important offerings none feeds a more important segment of the market. And no product will mark a more critical transition for Mazda, which has abandoned its long-running joint venture with Ford in Flat Rock, Michigan, moving production of the next Mazda6 back to Japan.
The third product to share the maker’s new SkyActiv technology, the 2014 Mazda6 will also face the challenge of coming to market right after the launch of updated entries from key competitors – starting with the 2012 Toyota Camry remake and running through 2013 with the new Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu and, from former ally Ford, an all-new Fusion.