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Mazda6 Diesel Gets Delayed Once More, No Date Set

Jan 09 2014 01:35 PM | Mazda News
We have to say when Mazda announced that diesel engine would be available on the new Mazda6 midsize, our interest was very piqued. A midsize sedan that could give the Volkswagen Passat TDI a run for its money and fun to drive? Where do we sign up? But unfortunately, the Mazda6 diesel has been delayed again.
 
Back in September, Mazda announced that the release date for Mazda6 diesel was pushed back to next spring due to certification testing taking longer than expected. Now the company has delayed the engine once again. In a short press release, Mazda announced that the engine needs more development "to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance." The company also said the engi...


Mazda Sets 30% Increase Fuel Economy Target For Next-Gen SkyActiv

Jan 06 2014 04:15 PM | Mazda News
Mazda's SkyActiv powertrains are showing what innovations can do to the good-ole' internal combustion engine. But that doesn't mean the automaker isn't resting on its laurels. Far from it. Automotive News reports that Mazda has some big plans in store for the next two-generations of SkyActiv.
 
First up is SkyActiv 2. Mazda has set an ambitious goal of increasing fuel economy by 30 percent. To pull this off, engineers will increase the compression ratio from 14:1 to 18:1. SkyActiv 2 will also employ homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) which uses high compression and temperature to ignite fuel for combustion. Now implementing HCCI does bring forth a set of challenges such as engine cooling and the...


Mazda CEO: No Plans For A Rotary Revival

Nov 26 2013 08:45 AM | Mazda News
William Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
November 26, 2013
 
Some sad news for those hoping for another Mazda vehicle with the rotary engine. Masa-michi Koga, Mazda's new CEO tells Automotive News that for the rotary engine to become commercially viable, Mazda would need to sell around 100,000 vehicles a year.
 
"No plans now. It has to be a viable commercial proposition. If we are going to adopt it, it has to be a product that can generate at least sales of 100,000 units a year. We have to be able to achieve a profit," said Kogai.
 
Since Mazda pulled the plug on the RX-8 last year, rumors and speculation has been running rampant. Within the past few months, Mazda's form...


Rumorpile: Mazda's Engineers Push For More Rear-Wheel Drive Models

Oct 04 2013 10:05 AM | William Maley in Mazda News


William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com October 4, 2013   A new report from Edmunds says Mazda's middle and senior-ranking engineers are pushing for the revival of rear-wheel drive models for the brand. The reasoning for thi...



Mazda6 Diesel Launch Has Been Postponed

Sep 14 2013 12:30 PM | William Maley in Mazda News


William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 14, 2013   Mazda made big news last year when they announced that the 2014 Mazda6 would be coming with diesel engine sometime next year. Now, Mazda has postponed the launch of the Mazda6 di...





Mazda Plans To Add A Small and Large Crossover By 2016

Sep 12 2013 09:30 AM | William Maley in Mazda News


William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 12, 2013   A new report from Autocar says that Mazda plans to have three crossovers in its lineup by 2016. This information comes from Mazda president Takashi Yamanouchi.   The fi...



Rumorpile: Mazda Rotary Making A Comeback In 2016

Aug 18 2013 08:15 AM | William Maley in Mazda News


William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com August 18, 2013   Its been over a year since we last reported on Mazda's rotary engine plans. At last check, Mazda was hard at work on it. A new report from Autoblog says the next rotary engine, name...