DETROIT – Mazda Motor Corp. applied lessons learned from the last-generation Mazda6 to the latest iteration of the sporty sedan in an effort to avoid previous mistakes. While the outgoing Mazda6 was a decent car, it was plagued by shortcomings that relegated it to “also-ran” status in the ultra-competitive C/D-segment, which is dominated by the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and redesigned Chevrolet Malibu. With the ‘09 Mazda6, product planners say they aimed for the heart of ...

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