Mazda to Bring Diesel Engine to U.S. by '14
January 18, 2012 11:00 AM
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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
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.
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RE: Diesel fuel seems more expensive
1/18/2012 3:31:29 PM
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
Fuel Type: Diesel Drivetrain: FWD Engine: 1.9L I4 Transmission: Automatic
Curb Weight: 2,899lbs.
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS
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.
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