Mazda Motor Corporation has begun sales of the facelifted Mazda Atenza (known overseas as the Mazda6) for the Japanese market. The 2.0-liter engine Atenza models, available in both the Sedan and Sport Wagon body types, have been updated with Mazda’s direct injection MZR 2.0L DISI gasoline engine.
This engine provides fuel economy that exceeds Japan’s “2010 fuel economy standard plus 15%.” All grades equipped with a 2.0-liter engine qualify for Japan’s eco-car incentive program and are subject to 50% less tax under the government’s eco-car tax reduction program.
Additionally, the entire Atenza range, including front-wheel drive (FWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) grades, qualify as Super-Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (SULEV) by achieving exhaust emissions that are at least 75% lower than the levels set in the Japanese Government’s 2005 exhaust emissions standard.
All grades come with Mazda’s single-nanocatalyst technology (earlier post), which provides exacting exhaust purification performance while reducing the amount of precious metals needed by more than 70%.