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The current Mazdaspeed6 has good performance, an attainable price point, and aggressive (if slightly homely) looks, but it hasn't exactly set the world on fire on the showroom floor. Part of the problem is that car buyers can get 268 hp Camrys and Accords with near-equal performance and superior fuel economy. The Speed6 weighs as much as a Sherman tank, too. We were hoping that the next edition of the Speed6 would succeed where the current generation didn't, but it doesn't look like there will be a next time. Mazda6 program manager Ryuichi Umeshita points out that the next 6 will be larger in the US than in other regions, which means Mazda would be paying for two different development programs. Any Speed6 would play for a smaller audience too, since the US edition would need different tuning than Europe/Australia and vice-versa. In the end, Umeshita basically said that he doesn't see big enough potential demand to make a Speed edition worth Mazda's time and money.
On the bright side, even though the next Mazda6 will be roomier and more refined than the model it replaces, it will also likely keep its zoom zoom character. The brilliant engineers at Mazda took an MPS minivan platform and created the large yet fun to drive CX-9, so it's fairly safe to expect good things of the next 6. Besides, if Mazda can wrestle from Ford the same 273 hp 3.7L V6 used in the CX-9, then any turbo talk will likely be in-material anyway.

[Source: GoAuto via Motor Authority]

Actual article:

Glory without power: Sleek new Mazda6 will arrive without a halo model.

Program manager pours cold water over the prospect of an all-new Mazda6 turbo.

HE future of the Mazda6 MPS high-performance model has been thrown into doubt, with no plans for the time being to offer such a version in the new second-generation line-up.

The turbocharged MPS will be discontinued when the new Mazda6 is launched in Australia in March and may never return because the Japanese car-maker is not convinced there is enough demand for such a model.

Australia is a major market for the 6, but MPS sales have not been strong – at least in part because the mechanically identical but lighter Mazda3 MPS puts it in the performance shade, and also because the 6 does not come with an automatic transmission.

Mazda6 program manager Ryuichi Umeshita is aware of these problems, as well as the loss of potential sales volume caused by the United States going down its own development path with a slightly larger version of the 6, though still based on the same platform.

Mr Umeshita said he doubted it would be possible to invest in a new MPS and a suitable automatic transmission just for Australia and Europe.

“We will see if there is a big enough requirement in the market,” he told GoAuto at the Mazda6 launch in France last week.

“We will seriously consider this, but honestly speaking we don’t see that.

“As the program manager of Mazda6, we don’t want to be overtaken by Mazda3. We need to have some differentiation. The Mazda3 MPS is a great vehicle, but the Mazda6 needs to be different."
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