7. Mazda6 SkyActiv-D Diesel
The down and dirty details on Mazda’s fuel frugal sedan, the Mazda6 SkyActiv-D, are still generally shrouded, but the brand just confirmed during the L.A. Auto Show that it will be sold in the U.S.
Better still, the car built on Mazda’s relatively high revving diesel engine will be available midway through next year.
The brand isn’t offering specific power figures for the car just yet, but as a prototype the engine made 165 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. What Mazda will confirm, on the other hand, is that it has a 5,200 rpm redline, meaning the motor is likely the same as the unit AutoGuide tested in August, 2011.
It isn’t a sports car, and there’s not much to get excited about from a design perspective here, but the fact that buyers will be allowed to choose diesel as an option is probably one of the most exciting pieces of consumer-related news delivered during the L.A. Auto Show this year.