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    Mazda USA's CEO Says A Mazda3 Diesel Could Be In The Wings

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    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    June 28, 2013

    When the 2014 Mazda3 was unveiled on Wednesday, it was announced that it would come with two SKYACTIV-G engines for the the U.S.; a 2.0L and 2.5L. Meanwhile in Europe and Japan, Mazda announced that the new 3 will also come in a diesel and hybrid model. That begs the question, will the U.S.-Spec Mazda3 come with either one of those engines.

    According to Mazda USA's CEO Jim O'Sullivan, the answer is a maybe. O'Sullivan told Automotive News that the company is considering adding the 2.2L SKYACTIV-D to the Mazda3. However, the company wants to see how the new Mazda6 with the same diesel engine will fare before making a final decision.

    As for the Mazda3 Hybrid, O'Sullivan said for the time being the company has no plans to sell it in the U.S.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    I wonder that they feel if they have a Mazda 3 diesel or hybrid it would eat sales of the Mazda 6. Gonna be interesting to see how they do.

    I still do not think Mazda will be an independant company in 5 years.

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    If the Mazda6 diesel gets 57mpg then why arent they making a 60 + mpg Mazda3 diesel and selling it in the USA? People would buy them like crazy! NO EXCUSES.....

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    I agree people would buy them like crazy, this begs the question to be asked, we have all seen high 50 & 60 miles per gallon diesels in Europe and they never make it here. Why? Sounds like the Oil Companies are playing to keep us from having these auto's.

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    50 imperial MPG = 41.67 U.S. MPG as 1 imperial gallon (liquid) = 1.2 U.S. gallons (liquid). Plus the ratings testing isn't the same. On top of that, those ridiculously high milage European diesels are small, low power/torque units that probably wouldn't sell here because fuel isn't $9 a gallon. I don't think U.S. consumers are fond of 0 - 60 in 12+ seconds.

    Still, I'm a huge proponent for more light duty passenger vehicle diesels whether they are in cars, trucks or SUV's. I just hope when they come they are executed well so they don't reinforce the doubts that many people already have about them. Let's hope the Cruze, Grand Cherokee, RAM 1500 & Mazda6 diesels all sell in high enough volume to encourage others.

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    Now that my Nissan is gone, I am seriously considering the 3 as my next vehicle, but I would love to see if they offer a diesel before I make a decision. I would be perfectly happy with the 2.5 and manual when it comes out, but I would love to see specs/prices on a diesel if they decide to sell it here.

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    i think the mazda3 diesel would take more vw diesel sales than then from the cruze diesel.

    by the way, car and driver has a cruze vs jetta diesel comparo and they gave the jetta a bull$h! victory, because of the cloth on the dash for the Cruze. The tan leather cruze diesel i drove had the vinyl inserts on the dash. they said the jetta's dash plastic was nice. WTH?

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    Would love to see a diesel 3 here, but it must have a manual transmission available. Of course, VW will still be King of Diesels. :)

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