Yesterday, Automobile Magazine and a few other publications reported that Mazda will discontinue the Mazda6, its affordable midsize sedan. But, after calling Mazda spokespersons, several publications have confirmed that these rumors are false.
According to Car and Driver and Left Lane News, the 6 will be around for a while longer. “This is consistent with what we were told during a recent conversation with Mazda’s U.S. CEO Jim O’Sullivan,” Car and Driver writes, “who indicated that the present generation of 6 would be around for the next several years.”
While the Mazda6 will stay on the market for now, there is no word on when the midsize sedan will retire. However, we do know that it won’t undergo many changes. Car and Driver says it should get an upgrade to Mazda’s new four-cylinder SKYACTIVE engine that will replace the current model’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
Left Lane News also contacted Mazda, who confirmed that, “There is absolutely no intention to discontinue Mazda6 – it remains an important part of Mazda’s product lineup,” according to a company spokesman.
When rumors that Mazda would end production for the 6 circulated, the automotive press wasn’t surprised because it is one of Mazda’s lowest selling vehicles. In a press release, Mazda notes that in April 2011, it sold 2,734 models. While that is a 7.8 percent increase from last year, sales for the 6 were still lower than the Mazda CX-7 and CX-9's, whose sales numbers were 2,873 and 2,750 vehicles, respectively. The sales of these models have jumped over 23 percent in the last year.
If you want a Mazda6 or are a faithful admire of the automaker’s only midsize sedan, there’s no need to worry, at least for now. In fact, if you do choose to purchase one, you’ll get what reviewers consider a great car, as it ranks highly among affordable midsize cars for its V6 engine, comfortable interior and huge trunk.
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