Five Stars for Mazda6 in Euro NCAP Safety Test

February 24, 2009

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the new Mazda6 has just been awarded the five-star maximum rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme* (Euro NCAP) in its 2009 combined safety performance test.

For 2009, Euro NCAP has implemented a new assessment system that awards a single overall vehicle safety rating composed from scores achieved in four areas of assessment: Adult Occupant Protection, Child Protection, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assist. The Mazda6 is Mazda's first model tested under the revised evaluation framework, which makes the five-star result all the more impressive.

Seita Kanai, Mazda's Senior Managing Executive Officer in charge of R&D, said "Mazda6's maximum safety rating from Euro NCAP is a reflection of the progress Mazda has made in harmonizing driving pleasure with safety and environmental performance under the 'Sustainable Zoom-Zoom' plan. Going forward, Mazda will strive to fulfil our corporate social responsibilities by further advancing our eco-friendly and safety technologies."

Other Mazda models that have received five star ratings in Euro NCAP tests include the Mazda5 in September 2005 and the Mazda2 in December 2007. Both received the highest score for Adult Occupant Protection.

The first-generation Mazda6 combined unique and attractive styling with exceptional driving performance. The new Mazda6 has further developed these characteristics and added substantially enhanced safety performance that complies with the world's strictest safety standards.

* Euro NCAP is an independent agency comprised of the transport authorities of European countries. It has awarded automotive safety ratings since 1997.

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