Citro√ęn has quietly announced that its range-topping C6 sedan will be discontinued before the end of the year. ¬†When the last example rolls off the assembly line, it will mark the first time in several decades that none of France's three major automakers offer a luxury sedan.
The C6 was introduced in February of 2005 and billed as an alternative to German luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. ¬†Equipped with an advanced hydraulic suspension, it has often been praised for its exceptional comfort but many have criticized its lackluster dashboard and anemic range of engines.
Citro√ęn¬†sold 7,600¬†C6s in 2007, the car's most successful year. ¬†Sales embarked on a free fall the following year and the automaker has reportedly received a little over 500 orders for the car during the first eleven months of 2012.
Citro√ęn parent company Peugeot recently confirmed that it is not planning on replacing the C6. ¬†Instead, the year-old DS5 will fly the¬†Citro√ęn flag until the rumored production version of the Num√©ro 9 concept that bowed in Beijing last spring arrives in European showrooms. ¬†A timeframe for when to expect the car was not given and many industry insiders expect that its debut is at least two years away.