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    As the Diesel Emits: Mazda's Skyactiv-D Dream Dims


    • Questions arise on whether or not we'll see Mazda's Skyactiv Diesel engine

    Mazda's Skyactiv diesel engine has been rocky since it was first announced back in 2011. The automaker was planning on having it available on one of their vehicles starting in 2013. But since then, Mazda has pushed back the launch again and again, citing the reason of delivering "the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance."

     

    But in light of the Volkswagen cheating emissions on their diesel vehicles, a few people are questioning whether or not Mazda will go forward with their diesel plans.

     

    “It’s been delayed and delayed, and Mazda keeps saying it’s coming. At this point, I don’t understand why they would need a diesel for this market. I don’t see it happening,” said Dave Sullivan, an analyst for AutoPacific to Bloomberg.

     

    Sullivan points out that in light of the Volkswagen scandal, the U.S. Government is going to make it even tougher for diesel vehicles to be sold.

     

    “The government is not making it easy, and if anything it’s just going
    to get worse. The oversight that’s coming is about to make it even more difficult,” said Sullivan.

     

    Bloomberg reached out to Mazda who said engineers in the U.S. are still hard at work on the engine. Mazda says they don't a have a timetable as to when the engine will be introduced, nor will they be changing their plans in light of the Volkswagen mess.

    Source: Bloomberg

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    I suspect this will become a dead dog in the near future. I can see Mazda going in a different direction over investing in diesel and would expect this work to be shut down in the near future. To much uncertainty in the market for them to continue to invest in an engine that is years late and still untested.

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    govts need to back off and ever tightening standards.  other mfs shouldnt get punished because of VW.

    Yea but then we also have the Governors like Washington State Jay Inslee who is all about forcing carbon caps on us as a way to reduce green house gas and his stupid way of taxing the rest of us to pay for it

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    If Mazda pulls the plug on this engine, I fear they've just poured a bunch of R&D cash into the can that they can ill afford to waste.

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    govts need to back off and ever tightening standards.  other mfs shouldnt get punished because of VW.

    Yea but then we also have the Governors like Washington State Jay Inslee who is all about forcing carbon caps on us as a way to reduce green house gas and his stupid way of taxing the rest of us to pay for it

     

    and the original NAGS of the world, California.

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    If Mazda pulls the plug on this engine, I fear they've just poured a bunch of R&D cash into the can that they can ill afford to waste.

    Very true, but if they cannot get the engine to be clean and pass EPA, how much more cash are you going to dump in the black hole before you decide to go to alternative paths that can be done faster?

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    govts need to back off and ever tightening standards.  other mfs shouldnt get punished because of VW.

     

     

    Yea but then we also have the Governors like Washington State Jay Inslee who is all about forcing carbon caps on us as a way to reduce green house gas and his stupid way of taxing the rest of us to pay for it

    and the original NAGS of the world, California.

    The USA isn't the only place where diesel has become a hard sell... 

     

    France is already taking a hard stance on diesel and European cities are considering outlawing oil-burners. VW's actions only exacerbated diesel's woes. 

     

    Mazda likely realizes that diesel's use in consumer vehicles will decline, and their engine development probably wasn't doing well anyways. So this is a perfect opportunity to shelve their engine without raising too much ire from stakeholders. 

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