Mazda’s Flat Rock, MI plant built its last Mazda6 this afternoon as production for the all-new model heads back to the home country of Japan.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug 24, 2012
Current Mazda6 and its uncompetitive 22/31 mpgUS city/highway with the 6-speed AT (21/30 with the stick).
This story has all the makings of a “Damn the torpedoes…” tale.
The above seems like a classic order from a prominent Navy Rear Admiral under duress doesn’t it? In this case it is Mazda bowing out of the US production arena for possibly friendlier home ports. Unfortunately there is one problem with this scenario? Japan is the home to the sky high and uncompetitive Yen making an opportunity for actual profits few and far between.
Mazda has previously announced that the next-generation 2014 Mazda6 sedan is now being manufactured at its facilities in Hiroshima (The All-New Mazda6 Era Begins Today
) with a future Mazda2 and 3 coming from a recently broke ground manufacturing facility in Mexico leaving the US built Mazda6 between a literal rock and a hard place. Sales of the aging 6 have fallen precipitously with just 1,289 Mazda6’s being sold in July down 49.3% from July of 2011.
The 50/50 Mazda/Ford AutoAlliance plant produced not only Mazda6’s but Mustangs as well. While Mazda has not sold its interest in Flat Rock, it was indeed a sad day for an automobiles last run down a US assembly line.