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Last week’s photo showed the newly redesigned 2014 Mazda6 sedan. For a better photograph and more information, read this week’s road test.

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What is it?

Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Timothy Kim, of Augusta, who wrote: “The car is the new 2014 Mazda6. I hope I guessed right because I just bought one this past weekend.”

Other readers identifying the vehicle were:

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “In the Import Wars, Mazda has always been an also-ran, with the two notable exceptions of the RX-7/8 and the MX-5 Miata.

“Additionally, how many folks remember the Mazda Millenia as a premium competitor to Lexus, Acura and Infiniti? Introduced to the US market in 1995, the Millenia lasted only through the 2002 model year when the Mazda6 was introduced in 2003 as a replacement for the Mazda 626.

“At the same time, the Millenia was discontinued, making the Mazda6 a successor of sorts to the Millenia.

“With its Skyactiv technology ad campaign and some very impressive-sounding awards for its current offerings, Mazda is trying to pick up the pace. The Mazda6 is aimed squarely at Accord and Camry, and I think that it makes a pretty good argument to give it a look.

“With a plethora of standard and optional equipment that not that long ago would have only been found on the most expensive sedan offerings, the Mazda6 can be outfitted as practical or over-the-top as you please. In its topmost trim, the Mazda6 is probably equipped as nicely as or better than the aforementioned Millenia. All trim levels come with enough air bags to all but wrap the occupants in bubble wrap in the event of an accident.

“Mazda has a significant presence in the international racing world and uses that presence to promote its Mazdaspeed performance line, which for 2013 is limited to the Mazdaspeed3.

“This is not to say that some of the performance modifications seen on the track on the weekend do not wind up in other Mazda street vehicles. The RX-7/8 and Miata both have a cult following with clubs and chapters worldwide spending thousands of dollars on their cars for that 1-second performance advantage or some body modification to make it unique.

“I do not believe, however, that we will ever see this type of devotion to the Mazda6, no matter how futuristic with a Star Trek movie tie-in they try to make it sound.”

EVANS: Jerry Paul and PJ Rodgers

MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski

PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson

SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

Can you tell us the make and model of this new-for-2014 vehicle? If you know what it is, call (706) 823-3419 or send an e-mail to glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response along with everybody else’s.

Noon Wednesday is your deadline. A winner will be chosen randomly.

– Glynn Moore, staff writer


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