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Emissions testing for Mazda's new diesel engine faces difficulty

Mazda began talking up its plans to launch a new diesel engine to the United States a while back. Mazda wanted to put the diesel engine under the hood of its new Mazda6 in the U.S. during the second half of 2013.
 
However, it appears Mazda is having a hard time getting the engine certified for use in the United States. Due to delays in certification, the engine has been pushed until late spring of 2014. The company says that it's currently still working on emissions testing for the U.S. market.

Mazda said, "The on-sale date for Mazda6 Skyactiv-D clean-diesel has been moved to late-spring 2014, to accommodate final emissions testing and certification....More information on the Skyactiv-D clean diesel Mazda6 will be available closer to the on-sale date."

Robert Davis, senior vice president of U.S. operations for Mazda said, "I know we had discussed it being in showrooms before the end of the year, and everyone involved in the program is disappointed it will not be, but final certification testing -- the results of which are looking encouraging -- is taking longer than we had initially expected."

Mazda had also hoped the new diesel engine would help further increase its sales in the U.S.  Mazda6 sales were up 167% in August compared to August of 2012, but are starting to slow.

Source: USA Today



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Please do
By BRB29 on 9/13/2013 10:15:59 AM , Rating: 2
I've been ready for a decent midsize sedan non-hybrid 40+MPG for a while.

With the new CX-5 and Mazda3, I think the only competition for my money is all within Mazda.

This is unless I decide to just go with a Model S because it is a pretty good replacement for my current M37x especially with the tax credit and FREE CHARGING!




RE: Please do
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/13/2013 10:30:20 AM , Rating: 2
The non-hybrid, non-diesel Mazda6 already gets 40mpg highway with i-ELOOP


RE: Please do
By Jeffk464 on 9/13/2013 10:44:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the new mazda 6 is impressive all the way around. I think they would be selling like crazy except that Mazda has a bit of an image problem. Its a much nicer car than the sales class leader toyota camry.


RE: Please do
By sorry dog on 9/13/2013 9:33:33 PM , Rating: 2
The 3 is their sales leader.

I think that would have made more sense...but hopefully will still happen.


RE: Please do
By superstition on 9/13/2013 9:19:59 PM , Rating: 2
The Passat TDI is a nice car in my opinion. It would be better, though, if VW would offer it in the S trim with cloth, the smaller wheels, and no sunroof.

I hit a trip average of 59 MPG going 50-60 MPH to route 42 in Cincinnati. That was with a passenger who weighs 320 lbs and with the windows rolled halfway down for much of the trip.


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