Mazda has confirmed that the 2019 Mazda 6 won't have a manual option as a result of feedback they've gotten from their customers.
CarsDirect broke the news on Wednesday after going through the dealer order guides for the car and discovering that both the 187-horsepower models and the units with the 227 to 250-HP turbos will only be getting six-speed automatic transmissions.
Jalopnik has since sought confirmation from Mazda, who in turn reached out through a spokesperson to explain the decision
“At Mazda we are always listening to our fans, especially when it comes to what they are looking for from our vehicles,” the spokesperson told the publication in an email. “As we have moved the Mazda6 upscale with the launch of the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature models, we have seen less demand for a manual transmission option.
“We continue to support enthusiasts who enjoy driving with a manual transmission in the all-new 2019 Mazda3 Premium Hatchback model, and of course the ever iconic MX-5 Miata."
The spokesperson added that the automotive company will continue to tailor their releases according to the needs of the customer.
Mazda will "respond accordingly If their desires should change in the future,” the spokesperson said.
This decision will only affect the US market, though, with the manual option set to remain alive elsewhere.
While this development isn't a great one, it is a logical step for Mazda as the demand for both sedans and manual vehicles, in general, has gone down in the States. People are now opting for SUVs, crossovers and automatic vehicles that take the responsibility of shifting gears away from them, forcing car companies to rethink their strategies in order to remain relevant.
The manual base Mazda 6 is actually a remarkable car but it apparently didn't do that well for sales, given Mazda's decision to kill it in the US.