By Ronan Glon
Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012 @ 4:30 am

Citroën 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.

Citroën 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.

Citroën parent company Peugeot recently confirmed that it is not planning on replacing the C6. Instead, the year-old DS5 will fly the Citroën flag until the rumored production version of the Numéro 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.

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