Following a report from earlier this year, Mazda has confirmed its MPV will be phased out after the 2015 model year.

Following a report from earlier this year, Mazda has confirmed its MPV will be phased out after the 2015 model year.

Mazda has issued a press release regarding its 2016MY lineup in United States and the Mazda5 has not been included, with the company saying there aren't any plans for a replacement. This announcement shouldn't come as a surprise since the crossover segment is still booming and more and more people prefer high-riding models than people carriers.

2008 was the model's best year when Mazda delivered around 22,000 units, but after that sales decreased to just a little over 10,000 cars, so the model's retirement is understandable. It's highly unlikely there will be a direct successor in the foreseeable future since an MPV probably doesn't represent a viable business case among the top brass at Mazda.

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