U.S. Launch of 2014 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D Delayed Until Spring


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    The on-sale date for the 2014 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D has been delayed until late spring. | September 13, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The U.S. launch of the 2014 Mazda 6 with the optional 2.2-liter Skyactiv diesel engine has been delayed until late spring because of a hold-up in emissions testing.
  • Mazda said in a statement that the launch of the Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D clean diesel would be delayed "to accommodate final emissions testing and certification."
  • "It's absolutely coming," said Jeremy Barnes, a Mazda spokesman in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Friday. "Everyone can rest assured it's going well, but they are just taking longer than originally anticipated."

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. launch of the 2014 Mazda 6 with the optional 2.2-liter Skyactiv diesel engine has been delayed until late spring because of a hold-up in emissions testing, the automaker said.

The Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D clean diesel originally was expected in the second half of 2013. Mazda said in a statement that the diesel launch would be delayed "to accommodate final emissions testing and certification."

"It's absolutely coming," said Jeremy Barnes, a Mazda spokesman in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Friday. "Everyone can rest assured it's going well, but they are just taking longer than originally anticipated."

The delay is significant because Mazda is on track to become the only Asian automaker to sell a diesel-powered passenger car here. It is a market that has been dominated by the Germans.

Mazda is targeting the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI with the diesel-powered 2014 Mazda 6. The 2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE starts at $27,115, including an $820 destination charge.

Barnes said Mazda does not consider the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel to be a competitor to the Mazda 6 diesel.

Barnes said pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates on the diesel-powered Mazda 6 are not available at this point.

He would not confirm an Automotive News report that said U.S. dealers will receive about 4,000 additional units of the Mazda 6 sedan with regular gasoline engines in the first quarter next year than initially planned.

"I'd rather not talk about specific numbers," Barnes said. "We have been working very closely for months (with Mazda in Japan) to get additional production. They have committed to additional production for the U.S. on the Mazda 6 and the CX-5 to meet consumer demand."

Edmunds says: Mazda said it intends to provide regular updates about the on-sale date of the 2014 Mazda 6 diesel in the U.S.

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