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    Mazda6 Diesel Launch Has Been Postponed


    William Maley

    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)

    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 think diesel will be coming back to a lot of cars in the next coming years. Though I think it's a small mistake that car manufacturers are making. Diesel isn't that great...!

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    Yeah I'm not surprised it's being delayed. Mazda entered a Skyactiv diesel racecar in the Rolex Sports Car series and it's had quite a few early retirements due to mechanical issues. I'm glad they're taking their time to work out all the kinks instead of releasing it just issuing recalls later on.

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