Mazda Sky Engines Promise Diesel in 2012

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Mazda announced more tidbits about its future engine plans today in New York, but it’s still holding back specifics. But the big news is that Mazda will bring a small diesel engine to the U.S. in 2012.
 
Labeled the Sky-G for gasoline engines and the Sky-D for diesels, the two engines will roll out in 2011 and 2012 globally, finding their ways into various Mazda models.
 
The company didn’t reveal exact specifications, but it did say the Sky-G will be 15% more fuel efficient than the 2.0-liter four-cylinder currently in the Mazda3, which gets 25/33 mpg city/highway.
 
The Sky-D will be introduced in the U.S., and the company says it will be used in its “next generation midsized diesel car” and will get up to 43 mpg. We’re not sure what car that would be, as the Mazda3 and Mazda6 have been recently redesigned.
 
Besides these uniquely tuned engines, the company also announced sophisticated, new six-speed automatic transmissions that will act like — but we’re guessing aren’t technically — dual-clutch transmissions, allowing for increased fuel economy of 5%. 

Comments 

Style

I have heard this story before...will this one have the same ending? Yes I'm talking about you, Honda and Nissan.

Zman

Honda never officially said they would bring their diesel to the USA. They only stated that if economic conditions persisted (that means high gasoline prices retard) they could do so.

Dan

Would be nice to see another small diesel on the market. I would especially like to see a small diesel hybrid.

Style

Zman,

All you have to do is a search and you will find numerous articles stating that Honda WAS planning to offer a diesel here in the US.

This is just one of many:

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20060117/FREE/60116010

A L

If Nissan offered a diesel Frontier I'd buy one before it even rolls off the carrier truck at my local dealership.

Though I heard the news of such a sort, it would be best to have this in the future.. :)

Subaru created a diesel "Boxer" engine that it sells in the European Outback and sedan models. It's said to get 50-55 mpg. They have said for along time that they were bringing it here (USA)also... but like Honda and Nissan, so far it's just talk.

charlie

I saw a mazda with body camo on being tested in death valley I followed it up the mountain west of panimint springs and yep it was a diesel I talked to the driver who said they had 60lbs of computer hardware in the trunk it looked to be the size of a mazda6 nice interior . the guy who was testing the car was not very friendly so I didnt ask him any thing else but it was definitly a diesel this was on 3/25/11

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