Mazda has solved the problems with its new Mazda6 diesel meeting emissions standards but the family sedan is still not ready for prime time.
According to Mazda CEO Jim O’Sullivan, the original emissions issues have been sorted out but he has delayed the vehicle’s launch because it does not live up to Mazda’s performance standards.
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O’Sullivan also says that the Japanese automaker wanted to ensure that the diesel powerplant wouldn’t “damage the clean-diesel reputation for the North American market.” Expected to make its debut last fall, the Mazda6 diesel was first held back to meet emissions targets, but now the company is working on meeting performance goals to ensure the Mazda6 diesel lives up to the automaker’s “zoom-zoom” mantra.
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Currently, timing for the launch of the Mazda6 diesel is unknown while the automaker continues to massage the 2.2-liter diesel powerplant to meet the performance aspects of the brand. Rumor has it that the powerplant will make 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Currently, O’Sullivan said that the Mazda can meet EPA and California requirements without a urea exhaust after-treatment, though it could switch tactics and incorporate an after-treatment system into its application.
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