The Mazda6 is now officially one of the safest cars available across the globe. It now carries the highest possible safety ratings in Europe, Japan, Australia and the U.S.

The new-generation Mazda6 received five stars from Euro NCAP* last September before getting another maximum grade from Japanese counterpart JNCAP* two months later.

ANCAP* also awarded five stars in November for all model variants available in Australia and New Zealand. Then, in December, the IIHS* in the U.S. gave the Mazda6 its best possible Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Launched in Europe a little over a year ago, Mazda’s latest C/D-segment sedan and wagon come with the full range of SKYACTIV Technology. Besides safety, they are also highly acclaimed for their KODO-inspired design, dynamic performance and top-class fuel efficiency as well as Mazda’s exceptional resale values and low ownership costs.

Like all new-generation models, the Mazda6 was built according to the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy, which aims to minimise the risk of accidents and maximise the driver’s ability to operate the vehicle safely. The car’s impact-absorbing SKYACTIV-Body features ultra-high tensile steels and other innovations to bolster body structures, thus delivering outstanding passive safety protection to occupants as well as pedestrians. The Mazda6 is also equipped with the i-ACTIVSENSE collection of driver-supporting active safety technology, which Euro NCAP is incorporating into its evaluations starting this year.

All new-generation Mazdas – the Mazda6, Mazda CX-5 and Mazda3 – now carry a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. And Mazda continues its work to further enhance safety, as illustrated by projects like the ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle), a specially-equipped Mazda6 that can communicate with trams, among other things. It is currently being tested on public roads in Japan.

* Euro NCAP is the European New Car Assessment Programme, an independent agency awarding automotive safety ratings since 1997. JNCAP is Japan’s New Car Assessment Program, whose tests are conducted by the National Agency of Automotive Safety and Victims’ Aid. ANCAP is the Australasian New Car Assessment Program. And the IIHS, or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is an independent non-profit organization funded by auto insurers to evaluate vehicle safety .