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    Mazda6 Diesel Gets Delayed Once More, No Date Set

      Another delay hits the diesel for the Mazda6.

    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 engine in its current state "can meet emission regulation requirements".

    One item that Mazda is keeping quiet on is when the diesel engine would launched. The company said further information will be announced at a later date. We'll keep you posted.

    Source: Mazda

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

    Press Release is on Page 2

    Mazda SKYACTIV-D Update

    Mazda's SKYACTIV-D clean diesel program for North America is being further delayed from its Spring 2014 announced debut timing. While Mazda understands its SKYACTIV-D engine can meet emission regulation requirements, it was decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance. Further information on the program, including a timeline of launch for North America, technical specifications and fuel economy will be available at a later date, closer to launch.

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    WOW, there are some serious issues with the Diesel from what is being posted for the Mazda 6 diesel that is selling in Europe.




    Sounds like the SkyActive Diesel did not get properly tested in the real world before sales started in Europe. Ugly mess for sure.

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    Sounds like some weird stuff going on there..what would diesel fuel be doing in the crankcase--like a 2 stroke w/ fuel/oil mixture?? And the requirement to check the oil level every 600 miles--that won't fly in the US where most drivers never open the hood let alone check the oil...and oil changes every 1200 miles? Nonsense...

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    That makes me sad.... this had the potential to be a killer-app for Mazda. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets outright canceled now.

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    Mazda did all this--new design with low compression ratio--to avoid the "hassle" of urea injection. Instead, it's giving them headaches, and the fuel economy and performance aren't that great to boot.

    Last week, I filled up the diesel exhaust fluid on the E350. Dumped five gallons of generic DEF into the tank ($26), good for another 10,000 miles. Hardly a hassle.

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    I heard but have not been able to confirm, those that use the Urea injection system pay a royalty to MB who designed it I was told. I would like to know if this is true or not.

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