Mazda 6 future in Australia under a cloud amid Japan exit – report

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The rug may be pulled from under the Mazda 6 sedan and wagon in Australia as a new report claims production in Japan – where examples sold here are built – prepares to end.

The future of the Mazda 6 in Australia is in doubt amid reports production is about to end at the Japanese factory which builds examples sold for local showrooms.

Japanese newspaper The Chugoku Shimbun claims Mazda plans to end production of the Mazda 6 range at its Hofu factory in Japan – which supplies Australia – in the northern spring of this year (March to May).

Sales are scheduled to end in Japan at the same time, and the report says the Mazda 6 will be “produced and sold only overseas”.

Drive has contacted Mazda Australia for comment on the local future of the Mazda 6, and if it will be axed with the end of Japanese production – or will move to a different factory in another country.

It is unclear where the latest news leaves reports of revived plans for a next-generation Mazda 6, underpinned by the rear-wheel-drive ‘Large’ architecture and six-cylinder turbocharged engines of the CX-60 and CX-90 SUVs.

Mazda Australia reported 1528 examples of the Mazda 6 as sold last year, up slightly from 1511 vehicles in 2022 – but down from 3647 in 2017, 6558 in 2012, and about 12,700 cars in 2003, its first year on sale.

As with other mid-size sedans of its type, Mazda 6 sales have declined over the past decade as buyers shift to SUVs in growing numbers.

The Mazda 6 has slowly been withdrawn from key markets, from the US in 2021, to parts of Europe in recent years, and China in 2023.

The current-generation model is now 12 years old, introduced in 2012 and given a series of updates in that time – including a heavy facelift in 2018, and specification updates with new features and variants in 2021 and 2023.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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