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Old May 9th, 2019, 13:47   #1
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That's a pretty interesting design choice. Surely this is for marketing reasons; Mazda has already built V6 engines but an inline 6 packaged longitudinally in a rear-drive-biased chassis would set them apart from Toyota, Honda, etc. Appears that the recent Mazda V6 engine is still based on a Ford design, which presumably Mazda wants to get away from.

FWIW Ford CD6 (a.k.a. next Ford Explorer, just starting production now) is longitudinal rear-drive ... but Ford doesn't have a current-production inline 6 to put in it.
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