Mazda 6 sales, rising fast in the United States, are rising from awfully low totals one year ago. Compared with 2004, Mazda 6 sales were down 53% to a new low in 2012.
So yes, Mazda 6 sales are better this year than last year. In nine months, Mazda USA has almost sold as many 6 sedans as the company did in all of 2012. Yet the 6 continues to be a very low-volume player in a very high-volume segment.
For every 6 which Mazda sold in September, Volkswagen sold 2.5 Passats. Need more perspective? For every Passat sold by Volkswagen, Ford sold 2.5 Fusions. And for every Fusion sold by Ford last month, Toyota sold 1.6 Camrys.
The 6 was America’s eleventh-best-selling midsize car in September 2013. The Toyota Prius and Subaru Outback also outsold the 6. Only 14 out of every 100 Mazdas sold last month were 6 sedans.
Could Mazda’s (delayed) diesel make the 6 a mainstream midsize sedan? It’ll certainly make the 6 an even better car (if and when it eventually arrives), but no, a 6 diesel won’t be common in the United States.
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The Camry was once again the best-selling midsize car and best-selling car overall in September, 6695 sales ahead of the second-ranked Honda Accord.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank midsize cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.