Emissions Testing Delays Mazda's U.S. Diesel Engine Launch Until Late Spring '14
September 13, 2013 9:54 AM
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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
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.
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RE: Long time coming
9/13/2013 2:36:11 PM
Dunno, Diesel trucks are annoying. But it's also worth noting that starting a large Diesel is different than starting a tiny 2 litre Diesel.
I would have to expect those tiny little car engines fare much better at cold weather starting.
You want to see hard to start, you should try one of the old diesels from the 60's and 70's. My dad had a tractor that needed ether to start in the summer. Winter if it was kept outside it wasn't happening, even with a circulating heater plugged in.
RE: Long time coming
9/13/2013 5:23:59 PM
yup, you use ether on the new ones and you mess them up.
RE: Long time coming
9/17/2013 3:48:31 AM
Could be worse. I know of one where you use a blank shot to get it going and to top it off if you did it wrong you could get the engine running backwards! Good fun but a pain also :-)
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