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    Mazda: Guys, Mazda6 Diesel Is Still Coming

      The Latest On Where Mazda's Skyactiv-D Engine Is

    It has been awhile since we heard anything on Mazda's Skyactiv-D engine due for Mazda6 sedan. Our last report back in January stated the automaker was still at work on delivering "the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance." Well Mazda North American Operations' CEO, Jim O'Sullivan had the chance to sit down with Automotive News to give an update on where they stand on the Skyactiv-D engine project.

    "We're still very much committed to diesel. We are still working on getting the performance aspects up to where we want them, and we do have a plan -- an engineering road map -- to get it done," said O'Sullivan.

    Originally, Mazda was planning to launch the 2.2L Skyactiv-D last year, but ran into problems with meeting the strict tailpipe emission standards for the U.S. The company was hoping to engineer an engine that didn't use a costly after-treatment system, but that seems to be off the table at the moment.

    "If [we were] a commodity brand and didn't care about that, it would be on the market right now. But I know the people were expecting something from us, expecting certain drive characteristics and performance, and I didn't want to disappoint them," said O'Sullivan.

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    In other words, due to our FAILURE in Europe with our Diesel and we are not wanting to pay MB for their Piss treatment system, we are without a diesel still.

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    I really wish Mazda would hurry up on this! More diesels is a good thing especially when all we have to choose from is a bunch of VWs and one Chevy in the family car range. I'd really like Chevy to do a diesel Impala and Buick to offer diesels of all their cars.

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    In other words, due to our FAILURE in Europe with our Diesel and we are not wanting to pay MB for their Piss treatment system, we are without a diesel still.

     

    ummm.. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!

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    love da diesel but when gas is 2.59 and diesel is 3.80 it goes back to being a tough sell for the non hard core diesel bunch they need to snag to expand the market

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    In other words, due to our FAILURE in Europe with our Diesel and we are not wanting to pay MB for their Piss treatment system, we are without a diesel still.

     

    ummm.. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!

     

    Mazda has been having numerous quality issues with their diesel motors in Europe and there was a thread where I had posted some of the news stories on it. Last I had read Mazda was holding off on bringing the motor to the USA due to the quality problems.

     

    Clearly Mazda does not want to pay anyone for the right to use existing exhaust treatment systems so they have gone to doing their own system but the engine is not working out.

     

    http://www.rx8club.com/general-automotive-49/mazda-diesel-skyactiv-engine-oil-level-issues-help-here-241177/

     

    http://forum.mazda6club.com/engine-drivetrain/264345-2014-mazda6-diesel-serious-problems.html

     

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/editorial-are-mazdas-diesel-delays-really-about-certification/

     

    http://www.autosweblog.com/cat/mazda-diesel-skyactiv-engine-oil-level-issues.html

     

    Plenty more if you search, but clearly Mazda has serious diesel issues with their own particle cleaning solution and how it causes engine issues.

     

    I have no evidence that they do not want to pay MB or any other company for existing particle treatment systems, but my snarky response is how else can you take this when a company pushes to develop their own treatment system rather than use what is working and existing on the market today.

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