Mazda USA has announced that the CX-3 and Mazda6 are discontinued in the United States for the 2022 model year. As per the Japanese automaker, this decision was influenced by customer tastes, as consumer interests continue to evolve.
The Mazda6 happens to have one of the most engaging driving characteristics in its segment. Despite garnering much love and praise from automotive journalists, the majority of US consumers prefer crossovers over sedans. Mazda’s volume sellers, the CX-5 and CX-9, are close in price with the midsize sedan. However, both models have better practicality points and offer so much more than the ‘6.’ Other than that, Mazda USA sold fewer ‘6s’ in 2020 than Honda sells Accords each month.
Behind this news, Mazda is currently developing a rear-wheel-drive platform that will underpin its future models which could also include the all-new Mazda6. Therefore, there is a possibility that the could make its US comeback once it transitions into a full-fledged luxury sedan that shall compete with the likes of BMW and Audi.
Going over the Mazda CX-3, the subcompact crossover has served its place as the most affordable model in the Japanese brand’s US lineup. Reports say that it was overpowered by the all-new Mazda CX-30, despite being priced a little bit higher than the CX-3, it blew the CX-3 out of the water last year, with the CX-30 selling at a rate of 4 to 1.
That said, both current models are to be discontinued for the 2022 model year. Despite the powerful praises and remarks on both vehicles, Mazda sales depict that the majority of US consumers lean towards bigger crossovers such as its volume-seller, the CX-5. Quite sad news, but thankfully, Mazda Philippines shall continue to have both models available for sale along with its range of crossovers.
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