Mazda Says Mazda6 Diesel Wasn't Good Enough

By Matthew Askari | February 24, 2014
When the Mazda6 diesel does arrive in America, the Japanese automaker is hoping it will quickly win favor, and apparently it didn't have enough confidence in the current diesel powertrain available in Europe and elsewhere to win over the American market. In a recent Automobile Magazine report, Mazda North America CEO Jim O'Sullivan said "we didn't think the powertrain was 'zoom-zoom' enough."
Mazda insists the Skyactiv-D diesel engine's delay is not related to emissions, but rather performance. The Mazda6 diesel was originally scheduled to arrive late last year, but Mazda delayed its arrival until spring 2014 last September. Again in January, Mazda pushed back the arrival of the first diesel passenger car from a Japanese automaker on sale in the U.S., but this time did not provide a timeline. The 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D four-cylinder turbocharged diesel produces a modest 148 hp, though--like most diesel engines--it has a generous amount of low-end power. A Sport variant ups power to 173 hp, though there's no telling what type of performance Mazda is hoping to deliver. The automaker is expected to update the media on its diesel plans at the upcoming 2014 New York International Auto Show in mid-April. O'Sullivan believes it will be worth the wait. "This is not just another engine. This engine is going to get much more attention," he said. Source: Automobile