• Jul 20, 2007
click above image for high-res pics of the 2007 MazdaSpeed6

Mazda has released details about various changes for its 2008 model line, but only two points of interest concern us. Both the MazdaSpeed6 and Mazda6 Sport Wagon have been discontinued for the 2008 model year. The demise of the Sport Wagon comes at the hands of higher demand for the standard Sports Sedan and Mazda6 5-door. We say too bad, as the Mazda6 Sport Wagon was a kiddie hauler with some attitude, and we're surprised it gets the shaft before the 5-door sedan hatchback model.

If everyone could now take a moment to tip their 40-ounce for the all-wheel-drive MazdaSpeed6... thank you. This was a unique sports sedan, if based only on the fact that it utilized a turbo four-cylinder producing 270 horsepower rather than the more common 3.5L-and-above V6 mills that so many other automakers choose for their sports sedans. Some say it had a harsh ride, we say it was sharp. And the hood bulge, fender-filling wheels and dual-exhaust should tip you off anyway that this isn't milktoast.

One glimmer of hope that was found in Mazda's press release is the fact that the all-new Mazda6 (did you see the spyshots?) will not be a 2008 model, but more likely a 2009. So, if the fates are on our side, and we believe they are, the MazdaSpeed6 will return in a couple of years after the new model debuts and gets settled in. This time, however, we doubt it will packing as few as four cylinders.

[Source: Mazda via Kicking Tires]




PRESS RELEASE:

MAZDA6 Sports Sedan & 5-Door*

The MAZDA6 set new standards for performance, driver appeal and styling when it was launched four years ago. As a vehicle that married sports performance with refinement and practicality, it has proven a huge sales success and picked up more than 70 awards for automotive excellence.


For 2008, the MAZDA6 gets even better with a new standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), BOSE ® stereo system (Touring models) and 17-inch alloy wheels (i Sport models).

New or enhanced for 2008:

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) standard on all models
Standard BOSE ® stereo system (Touring models)
Standard 17-inch alloy wheels (i Sport models)
New exterior colors – Volcanic Red (4-door model) and Silver Metallic
Standard security alarm system (Sport VE and Touring)

*To better meet customer demands for the MAZDA6 Sports Sedan and 5-Door, the MAZDA6 Sport Wagon will be discontinued for the 2008 model year.

MAZDASPEED6

Produced only in limited quantities, the MAZDASPEED6 will be discontinued for the 2008 model year.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Sport station wagons (not pseudo hatchbacks like the A3) are really cool in a freaky way. Back in OC where I used to live, somebody took a last gen Buick Roadmaster wagon and, didn't drop in the Impala SS motor, but a built LS1 bored out to 383 ci. Freaky cool stuff. That being said, I think I've seen maybe 3 Mazda6 wagons on the road, that includes in and around their headquarters in Irvine. The 5 door, on the other hand, is sweet, reminds me of my old 626 GT turbo 5 door, and is on my short list of consideration if I can forgo an SUV next time. Interestingly, with the spy shots AB posted earlier that said the 3.5 was coming, I was gleefully wondering what motor the 'Speed version was going to have to carry to outdo the 3.5. Should be fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The real secret is they have sold very few 2007 wagons. Here in Chicago, the dealers got zero 2007's. When the CX9 came out, they decided Chicagoans would rather have that than a wagon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoopdeedoo...they were styling nightmares anyway. I wish someone would tell Mazda that those cheesy lower side sills went out of style in the 90's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh, come now: the Accord and Camry look worse. The 6 looks pretty handsome to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      supposedly, the new model is to come to the US in the spring, similar to the jetta a few years ago.

      works for me, I got my Jetta GLI right before the Gen 5 crap came out. maybe I can swing a similar deal on a mazda6 for Christmas this yr.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a lifelong wagon owner, I hate to see the death of yet another wagon in the American market. I thought the Mazda 6 wagon was a great looking car that instantly caught my eye when it was introduced.

      I offer an unscientific theory as to why the 6 wagon didn't sell. Most of the people I know who drive wagons fit into the liberal-granola stereo-type. They want value and efficiency from their cars (hence the reason they didn't migrate to SUVs or minivans years ago.) The 6 wagon wasn't offered here with the more efficient 4-cylinder engine. It put the mileage into the realm of small SUV territory. It's the reason I don't have the 6 on my list of next possible cars.

      Are all the 40+ y.o. Scion xb (1st gen) drivers former wagon owners who just couldn't find anything to match the efficiency and value of their '93 Corolla wagons? (Wagon owners also seem to keep their cars a long time.) Just a theory mind you. People like me are waiting for another small, quality, efficient REAL wagon with 30+ mpg. Anybody listening?
      • 7 Years Ago
      That oughta kill the resale on my 6 wagon, as well as the one a few doors away, and the new one across the street with the 30 day tags still on it. No more Focus, Accord or Camry wagons, either. Just nice, profitable, overweight CUV's. What's wrong with this picture?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 5-door liftback doesn't have the wagon-y look, which is apparently out of fashion, has only 2 cubic feet less cargo space with the seats down (and only 8 cubic feet less with the seats up--with seats up the liftback has 17% more trunk space than a Cadillac DTS; a bit larger even than a Ford Five Hundred, er, Taurus, which has a huge trunk), and can be had with the 2.3l I4, which provides adequate power with approximately 20-25% better real-world fuel economy than the V6-only wagon.

      I suspect that Mazda is aware of how many of each model they are currently selling, what their marginal profits are, how much the wagon-unique parts cost, and how much factory space they have available, and therefore can calculate the optimal model mix.

      If the new model is indeed to be badged a 2009, then I agree that the 2008 model year may be abbreviated and it may make sense to concentrate production in the best-selling models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was never a huge fan of the MS6. Just didn't care for the look. I do hope they reintroduce it in a year or 2 with the new look. I'm really, really sorry about the wagon though. I own one and was really hoping they would make it on the new body style being slightly larger, as I could use the space with the kids.

      I do NOT like the cx-7 and won't buy one...but would consider the cx-9. I really like the sporty-ness of the wagon and think it looks and drives great. I will miss it, but I guess there just aren't enough wagon buyers out here. Oh, well maybe I'll have to pony up for an A6 avant or a 535 wagon.

      I hate to do it though, as my mazda is very reliable and the european reliability doesn't seem quite as good to me as those from Japanese manufacturers. Maybe they'll reintroduce in 2-3 years when it's time to replace the one I own.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good riddens. The things cluttered our highways with black plastic center caps. Ugh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be cool (but, I'll admit, unlikely) that, with the MazdaSpeed6 out of the picture for '08, its smaller MazdaSpeed3 sibling would get the MS6's drivetrain, AWD and extra horses and all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazdaspeeds are always limited time cars. Usually appearing a couple of years before that model ends production.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is it when people mention that Mazda's use Ford engines they make it sound like it's the greatest pairing since peanut butter & jelly?

      A Ford engine in a Ford is 'blah,' a Ford engine in a Mazda is like 'whoa!' I just don't get it.
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