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Dead, Officially: The Manual Mazda 6

This week, reports came out about dealer order guides for the 2019 Mazda 6 missing a feature that’s long been optional on the car: a manual transmission. But no matter how much you wanted to ignore the reports and wait until its debut to accept the truth, Mazda confirmed the news to Jalopnik overnight.

CarsDirect reported the news Wednesday, citing dealer order guides for the 2019 car that showed every trim—both the 187-horsepower models and the ones with 227- to 250-HP turbos—getting six-speed automatics only. The six-speed manual, offered only for the lowest, 187-HP “Sport” trim on the 2018 Mazda 6, looked to be no more—upping the car’s entry price and lowering its number of pedals.

Jalopnik reached out to Mazda about it, and a spokesperson cited the decreasing demand for the manual Mazda 6 in confirming that the stick is, indeed, on its way out for 2019.

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