Currently reading: Mazda 6 axed in UK after 20 years as sales dwindle
Removal comes after a decline of sales in the large family car segment in the UK, SUVs proving more popular

The Mazda 6 been axed from the firm's UK line-up after two decades, due to a decline popularity. 

In a statement sent to Autocar, Mazda UK confirmed the decision was made to axe the Skoda Superb rival after sales dwindled in the segment, with customers prioritising SUV purchases. 

The Japanese firm will now focus on the Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid, the upcoming CX-60 diesel and the Mazda CX-5, all of which have proven popular buys in the UK.

The 6 was removed from sale in the US last year but will remain on sale in select European countries for the time being. 

Sold in both saloon and estate bodystyles, the 6 had been offered here with a choice of 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol engines, which, unlike many of Mazda's latest offerings, weren't available with any sort of electrification. 

Mazda sold 169,123 examples of the 6 in the UK, spanning three model generations. 

The first generation included the 6 MPS, a performance variant of the saloon with 256bhp and 280lb ft of torque, capable of hitting 0-62mph in 6.6sec. 

The 6 was renewed in 2007 and then again in 2013.

Its drop in sales has also been felt in Europe as well as the UK. According to industry analyst Jato Dynamics, Mazda sold 4865 examples on the continent in 2021, representing a drop of 28% from 2020. By November 2022, it had sold 4104 for the year. 

Mazda’s crossover and SUV models, meanwhile, have taken a large proportion of its sales. By the end of November 2022, the CX-30 had sold 32,636 units, the CX-5 27,828 units and the new CX-60 8162 units. 

The 6 is unlikely to be replaced, given Mazda’s commitment to the growing SUV segment. 

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Bluepob76 28 January 2023
I had a 2.5 petrol, estate for over 3 years and did around 30,000 miles in it. I can confirm it is a great car for a family. The GT version has all the toys on it and a fantastic looking interior, putting most premium car interiors to shame. The motorway ride was a high point; really quite and very smooth. The adaptive cruise control also helped to ensure the longer journeys where never a stress or tiring. It was quick enough for the odd traffic light grand prix and was decent on a backroad to hustle along at speed. The engine needed revs but I felt this just added a bit of interest, rather than being a problem. It was quite a long car though, and I found it would stick out of parking spots. I always loved the design of it and the build quality was top notch. It's a real shame that most people walk past Mazda in favour of the Germans but, after living with one, I would say they are a bargain in comparison and definitely able to compete with the premium marques on things like interior quality, design and driving dynamics.
catnip 26 January 2023

What is up with the car buying public? If I was in this market I'd much prefer seeing a 6 on my driveway than the lump that is the CX-60.

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