Mazda Builds Last Mazda6 in Michigan

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Mazda will give the redesigned Mazda6 a soup-to-nuts reveal in just a few days, but the family sedan won't come from Flat Rock, Mich. That's where the automaker has built the Mazda6 for a decade, but it announced more than a year ago that Mazda6 production in Flat Rock would end. That end comes today, as the Detroit News reports a small ceremony will mark the final Mazda6 rolling off the line.

Mazda plans to import future Mazda6s for the U.S. market from overseas. The automaker will retain a 50/50 stake with Ford in the Flat Rock plant, a joint venture between the two automakers since 1992. Flat Rock also builds the Ford Mustang and, with another 1,200 jobs and $550 million investment by Ford, will add the next-gen Fusion.

Despite its midpack placement in Cars.com's $25,000 Family Sedan Shootout, the Mazda6 hasn't sold well. It arrived in summer 2008, and sales for the year hit 52,590 — a level not reached since, and still a fraction of competitors like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.

Known as AutoAlliance International, the Flat Rock assembly plant's history includes the Mazda MX-6 and Ford Probe, plus the Mazda 626 and the two-door Cougar from Ford's erstwhile Mercury division.

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WTF

Why no thesis on why nobody is buying the Mazda6?

RobErnst

The Malibu is a warmed over version of what the 2012 car was only smaller. The Fusion is a clean sheet design. More Aston Martin / upscale than any of its competitors.

For $33k you'd get a manual BMW (not a bad thing) with "leatherette" (aka vinyl) interior. For that money you'd get pretty much EVERY option on a Fusion.

George

The V6 gets crap mileage for its returned performance.
The 2.5 I4 doesn't even have a 6 speed automatic.

Hyundai is going to have an 8 speed automatic in the next Sonata.

CC

I'm a frequent traveler and I can say a huge chunk of the Mazda6 is sold to the rental car agencies, I see a lot of them on the lot. I drove one and was not impressed. I used to own a 2003 Mazda6 with stick shift and man that car was great, the current generation just doesn't impress me.

I agree with RobErnst. When it comes to choose between Mazda6 and Ford Fusion, definitely my vote goes to Ford Fusion. I think Mazda6 is over priced.

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