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The Japanese based automaker Mazda has stopped production at the company’s plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, and the last sedan has just rolled off the assembly line.

The Flat Rock plant is owned by Mazda and Ford and, even if no company has made a big deal about it, the AutoAlliance facility has just stopped building the Mazda6, putting a stop on the Mazda production in the United States. The two companies will maintain the 50-50 stake in the Flat Rock factory for the moment but Ford will invest 550 million USD there in order to prepare the 2013 Fusion production. The Flat Rock plant has produced some interesting models over the years, including the Mustang, the Probe or the Cougar.

With Mazda stopping the production in the United States just when the new Mazda6 generation is about to kick-off means that the new sedan will be manufactured in Japan. As a quick reminder, the 2014 Mazda6 is based on the Takeri Concept which was revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in December. The model is getting new SkyActiv engines and transmissions and thanks to technologies like direct injection, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be improved. More details on the new Mazda6 will be announced next month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

Source: The Detroit News