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2013 Mazda CX-5
Skyactiv-D will be in the CX-5 crossover and perhaps the Mazda6

In Europe, cars and other vehicles with diesel engines are very common. They tend to get better fuel economy and diesel is at times cheaper than gasoline. With more and more drivers in the U.S. focused on green cars and fuel economy, America may finally be ready to embrace the diesel engine.
There are several car companies now looking to place diesel engines into cars and SUVs that traditionally used gasoline only. BMW is a good example; the company is readying a version of its M5 that uses a diesel engine. GM is also onboard with a diesel version of its popular Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.
Now Mazda has announced plans to bring its Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. car market by 2014. Mazda thinks that the engine will help it stand out among the hybrids. The Skyactiv-D engine is a 2.2L four cylinder with 173hp and 310lb/ft of torque.
"We think it's a good differentiator," said Jim O'Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, to Automotive News during the Detroit auto show. It will give Mazda a reputation that "Those guys are always doing something a little different."
The diesel engine is expected to find its way into the CX-5 crossover SUV and the Mazda6 sedan. The Mazda6 sedan is only expected to get diesel power in some markets and it's not clear if the U.S. is one of those markets. Mazda is eyeing VW in the States since VW is the only carmaker at the price point with a diesel option courtesy of the Passat TDI.
"Volkswagen, I honestly believe, gets incremental business above and beyond other brands because they do have a diesel, and they buy Volkswagens only because they do have it," said O'Sullivan.

Source: Trucktrend

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RE: Diesel fuel seems more expensive
By AEvangel on 1/18/2012 1:46:24 PM , Rating: 4
LoL...where are you getting your statistic or figures from??

Upfront they are slightly more expensive mainly due to the fact that they last 3 times longer, there is less cost in maintaining them not more and they get better gas mileage.

Also they don't weigh any noticeable amount more then a regular gas vehicle.

Your knowledge on diesel is like 30 years old...and even then is strictly in dealing with American manufacturers version not European.

RE: Diesel fuel seems more expensive
By Reclaimer77 on 1/18/12, Rating: -1
By AEvangel on 1/18/2012 3:31:29 PM , Rating: 4
Like I said you have no knowledge of current diesels...

2010 Volkswagen Golf Base PZEV MSRP: $17,620 Fuel Type: Gas Drivetrain: FWD Engine: 2.5L I5 Transmission: Manual, Automatic Curb Weight: 2,771lbs .

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI MSRP: $22,155 Fuel Type: Diesel Drivetrain: FWD Engine: 2L I4 Transmission: Manual, Automatic Curb Weight: 2,771lbs .

My Wive's Car

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDI MSRP: $18,450 Fuel Type: Diesel Drivetrain: FWD Engine: 1.9L I4 Transmission: Automatic Curb Weight: 2,899lbs.

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS MSRP: $17,400 Fuel Type: Gas Drivetrain: FWD Engine: 2L I4 Transmission: Automatic Curb Weight: 2,855 lbs.

Current Suggested Retail
2002 GAS New Beetle GLS $6,507
2002 TDI New Beetle GLS $8,275

So much for that extra cost??

I own a one of both and I can attest to the cost of maintenance the diesel is the same if not cheaper.

As far as American offering 1978 Cadillac Seville, the Cadillac diesel V-8 was basically a "dieselized" version of Oldsmobile's familiar 350-cubic-inch gasoline V-8.

You really should know what you're talking about before you start spouting on the internet.

RE: Diesel fuel seems more expensive
By FredEx on 1/18/2012 4:58:09 PM , Rating: 2
How old are you? In the late 70's GM had a diesel option for the full size cars in every division. There were diesel Caddy's, Old's, Buick's, Chevy's and Pontiac's on the road. It was a corporate small block V8 converted to diesel.

I was working in the service department of very large Pontiac/Honda/International Harvester/Bricklin dealer in the second half of the 70's while I also attend school for electronics. I'd worked on a few.

By YashBudini on 1/19/2012 12:43:04 AM , Rating: 2
It was a corporate small block V8 converted to diesel.

Yeah, they ranked up there with the sleeveless aluminum Vega block with the steel (not stainless steel) quick rust out head gasket. Note - Mercedes also used the silicon lap process without problems, so chalk up more notches for GM's cost cutting department.

I'd worked on a few.

That would be all of them.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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