Mazda 6 to be Discontinued in Japan

Mazda has announced to discontinue the Mazda 6 in Japan, with domestic production of both the sedan and wagon versions set to come to an end in the middle of April this year.

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Mazda 6 is currently in its third generation, which debuted way back in 2012. As of December 2023, the model—known as the Atenza in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM)—had sold 226,437 units total in Japan throughout its three generations.

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There has been no official word on whether a fourth-generation Mazda 6 is in the works, although Japanese media has extensive speculations. According to Kazuyoshi Todo, Mazda’s executive officer in charge of domestic sales, who also stated that the Mazda 6 will not be replaced by another sedan or wagon; instead, the brand’s CX series of SUVs will be taking its place in the future.

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The Mazda 6 has already been dropped from key markets such as the United States in 2021 and the United Kingdom in 2023. However, it will continue to be sold in some markets such as Australia where its sales are relatively strong. The Japanese automaker has not yet made a formal announcement of the model’s eventual retirement.

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