Mazda Pushes Diesel Power at 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

  • Mazda-Powered LMP2 Prototype Picture

    Mazda-Powered LMP2 Prototype Picture

    A Mazda-powered LMP2 prototype will take center stage at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. | December 28, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • Mazda will launch an unprecedented diesel offensive at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon in January.
  • The 2013 Mazda Atenza Racer, effectively a tuned version of the new Mazda 6 sedan, leads the way.
  • The Mazda CX-5 will get the diesel/performance tuner treatment as well.

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda will launch an unprecedented diesel offensive at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon in January.

At an aftermarket show that's normally all about raw power, noise and excitement, Mazda is trying something new with an array of new-generation models that all have one thing in common — they have "clean" diesel power onboard.

In Japan, Mazda has received much critical acclaim for its new-generation Skyactiv diesel engine as featured in the latest Atenza (Mazda 6) and Mazda CX-5 crossover.

So now comes the next push, presenting it to Japan's gearhead community at the most high-profile tuner show of them all.

Center stage will be the 2013 Mazda Atenza Racer, effectively a Mazda 6 with custom aero parts, Brembo brakes and, rare for Japan in this class, a six-speed manual shifter. It's an idea for a track-day car you can also enjoy using on the road.

It's much the same theme for the CX-5 Grand Touring and Atenza Wagon Grand Touring. The Atenza GT Sound Special is, as its name implies, a model with a high-end audio system and interior you can enjoy "as your own room."

Mazda will be back at Le Mans in 2013, supplying privateer teams with its new 2.2-liter racing-spec Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine.

The engine is being jointly developed by the Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda North American Operations and SpeedSource Race Engineering. At the Tokyo auto salon, a Mazda-powered LMP2 prototype will also take to the stage.

No Tokyo auto salon would be complete without a run of tricked-up Miatas, and a couple appear under the Mz Racing banner, the TCR 012 and Roadster Mz Racing.

Edmunds says: Mazda, a longtime supporter of the Tokyo auto salon, is trying something new this year. Let's see how the crowds react.

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