Mazda Delays Skyactiv Diesel Engine Launch In U.S. Again | Edmunds

Mazda Delays Skyactiv Diesel Engine Launch In U.S. Again


Just the Facts:
  • Mazda has delayed the U.S. market launch of its Skyactiv diesel engine a second time.
  • The engine was supposed to launch in the 2014 Mazda 6.
  • Jeremy Barnes, a Mazda spokesman, told Edmunds that he could not no longer confirm that the engine will debut first in the Mazda 6.

IRVINE, California Consumers won't be able to get their hands on a Mazda vehicle with a diesel engine anytime soon as the Japanese automaker has delayed the U.S. market launch of its Skyactiv diesel engine a second time.

The engine was supposed to launch in the 2014 Mazda 6.

But Jeremy Barnes, a Mazda spokesman, told Edmunds that he could not no longer confirm that the engine will debut first in the Mazda 6.

"I know there are a lot of questions, but I can't say at this point that it will be in the Mazda6," Barnes said. "The delay has to do with matching the exhaust emissions to the engine's performance. We want the car to drive like we want it to drive."

Mazda said in an official statement released on Thursday that the launch of its Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine in North America is "being further delayed from its spring 2014 announced debut timing."

Mazda said it had hoped that its Skyactiv diesel engine would be engineered to meet tough U.S. emissions requirements without the added cost and complexity of an exhaust after-treatment system. Such systems cut the nitrous oxide output of diesel cars.

"It was decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance," the statement said.

A timeline for launch, technical specifications and fuel economy will be available at a later date, Mazda said.

The original delay was attributed to final emissions testing and certification.

Edmunds says: The delay means that Mazda falls further behind competitors like General Motors, with its 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel and Volkswagen, with its 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

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