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New VW Diesel Could Fuel Further Demand for High-Mileage Alternative

Automakers continue debating diesel benefits but VW is committed.

by on Mar.19, 2014

The new diesel will show up in a variety of VW models including the latest Golf GTD.

Volkswagen of America plans to bring its newest clean diesel engine to North America later this year, a move that could add even more momentum to the revival of the high-mileage technology.

VW has been one of the biggest proponents of the new diesel technology beginning to show up in a growing array of automotive applications – with makers as diverse as Chevrolet, Jeep, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz adding new “oil-burners” to their line-up.

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VW’s latest diesel, known internally as the EA288 engine, was unveiled this week during a conference in Detroit.  According to Douglas Skorupski, VWoA” manager of technical strategy, it will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta models, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms during the second half of 2014.

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Mazda Again Delaying U.S. Diesel Launch

Performance not up to snuff, maker hints.

by on Jan.10, 2014

Mazda's SkyActive-D diesel has plenty of diesel for its racing program, but apparently not enough for a production model.

When Mazda unveiled its SkyActiv technology a few years back, the maker boasted that its gasoline-powered SkyActiv-G technology would deliver the fuel economy of a diesel. But it also promised that it would soon add a SkyActiv diesel that would yield the mileage of a hybrid.

Sadly, it seems, we’re going to have to wait a bit longer to put the SkyActiv-D to the test, Mazda announcing yet another delay in bringing the new diesel engine to market.

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That’s a big disappointment to oil-burner fans, especially with Mazda slated to become the first Japanese manufacturer to offer a modern diesel at a time when a growing number of European and even U.S. makers are reentering the segment.

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Mazda Planning to Introduce New Diesel in 2015

Mazda6 gets the new powerplant: a company first.

by on Nov.22, 2013

The Mazda6 gets a diesel starting next spring.

After seeing its sales surge this year, Mazda is looking forward to another sold year of growth in 2014 by adding diesel power to its product line for the first time. The diesel-powered Mazda6 will join the maker’s lineup next spring, which is later than many observers had expected.

But James O’Sullivan, Mazda North America president and chief executive officer, explained the company elected to focus its marketing muscle on the Mazda3 first.

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The marketing campaign for the Mazda3 will start in earnest with a wave of in-theater advertising during the Christmas holiday season. Television commercials will follow after that, O’Sullivan said. (more…)

Mazda Previews SEMA Concepts

But mum’s the word when it comes to details.

by on Oct.29, 2013

Mazda sources have slipped over images of a handful of concepts coming to the SEMA Show.

We’ve been receiving plenty of preview material on the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the annual aftermarket extravaganza likely to see 100 or more custom concepts from the major automakers – and even a few new production vehicles with Honda, notably, planning to unveil its updated 2014 Civic line.

But considering Mazda’s propensity for creative design we were excited to receive a packet of four images that, sources said, revealed the four concepts that will land on the Japanese maker’s SEMA stand.

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Unfortunately, our leaker reversed the normal course, providing pics with nary a word of what they reveal beyond differentiating between the Mazda3 and Mazda6 SEMA specials.

What’s to make of what we have in hand?  Well, to start with, one might note that after downplay its “zoom-zoom” tagline for a couple years, Mazda has begun replaying that familiar theme in its latest advertising.  No surprise.  (more…)

Mazda Diesel Delayed 6 Months

Engine needs more time for “testing and certification.”

by on Sep.13, 2013

The diesel version of the new Mazda6 is expected to top 45 mpg.

Mazda and diesel fans alike are in for a disappointment. The maker has confirmed it is pushing back by about six months the planned introduction of its new Mazda6 SkyActiv-D model as it completes “testing and certification” of what had been on tap to become the only diesel powertrain offered by a Japanese automaker on a model sold in the U.S.

After decades on the backburner, diesel power has begun to gain ground rapidly in the U.S. market, and even with the delay, the total number of vehicles equipped with the technology is expected to double during the 2014 model-year, according to various analysts.

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“The on-sale date for Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D clean-diesel has been moved to late-Spring 2014, to accommodate final emissions testing and certification,” said Mazda in a statement e-mailed to TheDetroitBureau.com. The maker said, however, that it is “pleased with the ongoing development” and that more information “will be available closer to the on-sale date.”

The news will not have any impact on Mazda’s diesel-powered race campaign, and the motor sports program has been scoring some impressive podium appearances – a significant success for a program based around an all-new engine.

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GM Brings Back the “Oil Burner” with the new Cruze Diesel

It’s Detroit maker’s first diesel since 1986.

by on Feb.07, 2013

You might not notice there's a diesel in this car but for the small 2.0 TD badge.

There are some folks – including a few inside General Motors – who believe GM almost singlehandedly killed off the American diesel.  For now, however, the question is whether it can bring the technology back to life, or more precisely, can it make the diesel part of the U.S. automotive mainstream again.

It’s certainly getting ready to try. The maker’s Chevrolet division is giving media and buyers alike a look at the new Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel – the 2.0 TD for short – at this month’s Chicago Auto Show. It’s the first time the maker has produced a diesel-powered passenger car for the U.S. market since 1986.

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Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, in the wake of the twin Mideast oil shocks, diesels were all the rage, but as fuel prices leveled off, the technology often derided as “oil burners” began to lose momentum. It didn’t help that a version GM used in its Oldsmobile line was prone to catastrophic failure.

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Mazda SkyActiv Diesel’s Trial By Fire

A tankful of chicken guts?

by on Jan.24, 2013

Mazda's new diesel racer will get its first trial by fire at Daytona this weekend.

Mazda hopes ride a tankful of chicken guts, beef tallow and pork lard to victory at the grueling Rolex 24 endurance race in Daytona over the coming weekend.

No, the maker isn’t sponsored by the local butcher.  It’s powering its new Mazda6 race car with a custom-made fuel blend that starts out with scraps from Tyson Foods. That organic glop has been converted into a special bio-fuel that will stoke the new SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine that will power Mazda’s entry into the new Grand-Am GX Class at the 24-hour race.

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“It’s meat packing residue,” explains John Doonan, the director of Mazda’s ambitious motorsports operation.  And the ultimate blend is so clean the Mazda6 race car won’t need particulate filters or any of the other devices used on other diesel-powered race cars.

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GM “Fundamentally” in Favor of Expanding US Diesel Line-Up

“More to come,” suggests Reuss.

by on Dec.14, 2012

Expect to see GM add a diesel to the powertrain options for the light-duty 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

With its first light-duty diesel set to debut in a manner of months, senior General Motors officials are giving clear indications that they’re ready to launch additional applications of the high-mileage technology, including a diesel for the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

After years sitting on the sidelines, 2014 could be the year that diesels finally become a viable option for automakers struggling to meet tough need government fuel economy mandates.  Among the various makers that plan to launch or expand their diesel offerings are Mazda, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and, soon, General Motors.

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“There is, fundamentally, a place for diesel here,” said GM President Mark Reuss, during an interview following the preview of the completely redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The executive stressed that he is “personally” in favor of adding more of the so-called oil-burners to GM’s North American line-up.

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Ford Latest to Jump on Diesel Bandwagon

Maker will add 3.2-liter I-5 for new Transit van.

by on Dec.11, 2012

Ford's new Transit van will be offered with the maker's new Power Stroke I-5 diesel.

Ford Motor Co. has done something of an about-face on diesel power, the maker deciding to introduce a 3.2-liter “oil-burner” for the new Transit van it will launch in the U.S. market next year.

It will mark the first time Ford has offered a diesel in a van for the American market since phasing out its Power Stroke V8 in 2010. And with the announcement Ford becomes the latest in a still-small but fast-growing list of manufacturers hoping to boost mileage – and build demand – with high-mileage diesels.  Mazda last month confirmed long-expected plans to offer a diesel in its new Mazda6 sedan.

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Ford has long waivered on making a commitment to diesel, new Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields only last month saying there were no plans to offer the technology in its U.S. passenger car line-up. Instead, Ford has been focusing on its distinctive EcoBoost engines and an expanding line-up of battery-based powertrains.  But it appears the maker saw an opening – and growing demand – in the commercial sector for diesel power.

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Mazda Confirms Diesel Coming for 2014 Mazda6

New sedan launching with SkyActiv gas package.

by on Nov.29, 2012

Mazda will offer both a small gas engine and a new diesel for the 2014 Mazda6 sedan.

Mazda will launch a diesel version of its new midsize Mazda6 sedan during the second half of 2013, the maker confirmed during an LA Auto Show news conference – and while the maker won’t release official figures until closer to launch, a well-placed source said the maker is looking to match hybrid-level fuel economy numbers with the package.

Mazda is the latest manufacturer to announce plans to enter the diesel market, a niche largely populated by European makers, such as Audi which earlier announced plans to add four new diesels to its U.S. line-up next year.

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The new Mazda6 itself was earlier previewed during an introduction in, of all places, Moscow over the summer. The sedan is an example of the Japanese maker’s aggressive new Kodo design language which features a low-slung nose and aggressive wheel bulges intended to deliver a sense of power and agility.

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