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Mazda diesel delayed again

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

If you've been waiting for a Mazda 6 diesel, prepare to wait a bit longer. After delaying the US launch until Spring 2014, Mazda now says it won't meet that target date either.

Mazda says the engine meets current emissions standards using only a particulate filter, but the resulting blend of performance and fuel economy isn't up to snuff. Company spokesperson Jeremy Barnes put it simply: "We can meet the emissions standards today, but not with the kind of performance worthy of a Mazda badge." Mazda is reportedly working on a solution, exploring all options including exhaust aftertreatment as it seeks the proper economy/entertainment blend.

Barnes says Mazda remains committed to bringing a diesel 6 sedan to market, but at this time the company isn't willing to commit to a firm arrival date.

We'll keep you posted on Skyactiv-D details as we get them, and be sure to check out our drive of the gasoline-powered Mazda 6 you can actually buy today.

By Andrew Stoy