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 diesel to next April.
Automotive News got their hands on a letter from Mazda North American Operations' senior vice president of U.S. operations, Robert Davis. Davis told employees in the letter that emissions testing on the 2.2L SKYACTIV-D engine is taking longer than thought.
"I know we had discussed it being in showrooms before the end of the year, and everyone involved in the program is disappointed it will not be, but final certification testing -- the results of which are looking encouraging -- is taking longer than we had initially expected," Davis wrote in the letter.
Mazda confirmed the delay in a brief statement and said the Mazda6 diesel would be coming in late-spring.
In the meantime, a source tells AN that Mazda will be shipping an extra 4,000 Mazda6s in the first quarter of 2014 due to the delay.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)