In recent years, Mazda has been updating their lineup to incorporate the KODO design language, improving the visual appeal of their vehicles and helping create a connection across the lineup. In Japanese, the term KODO means “soul of motion” which is why you will sometimes hear the design referred to as KODO - Soul of Motion.

Getting to Know KODO Design in the 2016 Mazda 6

The idea behind the KODO design on the Mazda 6 and other models is to incorporate an element of movement into the vehicles. Instead of simply sitting there when parked, Mazda vehicles with the KODO design language will still give the impression that they are either moving or ready to start a motion at any given second. KODO design takes its inspiration from nature, such as the natural movements of a predator about to pounce on its prey. In addition to the Mazda 6, you will also find it on the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9.

2016 Mazda 6 Shows KODO Design History

When the KODO design first appeared, it was at the Paris Motor Show of 2010 on a vehicle somewhat similar to the 2016 Mazda 6. While the Mazda 6 is a mid-size sedan, the original design appeared on a 4-door premium sports coupe known as the Shinari concept. The aerodynamic elements of this design and the smooth, dynamic lines have remained the same. The CX-5 was the first model with the design language available to the public in 2010 and it has spread since then.

KODO Design Elements in the Mazda 6

With just a glance at the 2016 Mazda 6, you should be able to notice some elements of the KODO design. The exterior is filled with energetic yet graceful lines that embrace the second that energy turns into motion. The silhouette of the sedan mimics the muscular beauty of a predator, particularly with the long sweeping hood. The SkyActiv platform, body, and chassis help with this impression due to their role in reducing the weight of the Mazda 6, creating a vehicle that shows off its leanness, a trait you would typically associate with a pouncing big cat in the wild. 

To ensure that the KODO design language is conveyed inside and out of the Mazda 6, expert teams of craftsmen work on various areas, such as the interior design, models, fabric, and stitching. This specialization allows Mazda to give drivers a sedan that displays movement and has an upscale feel.

More on the Mazda 6 Exterior

To help paint a visual image of the 2016 Mazda 6, combine the information of the KODO design language with the sedan’s other exterior features. It comes standard with body-colored door handles, power mirrors with turn signal indicators, and sporty bumpers. The glass is tinted green with a UV shield and the halogen headlights shut off and turn on automatically. Other appearance features include LED headlights, the signature lighting, LED taillights, and LED fog lights. You can even choose a model with the signature grille illumination to connect the Mazda 6 with other Mazda vehicles featuring the KODO design language.




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