The U.S. isn’t the only place that’s had an apathetic attitude towards diesel burning cars—Japanese automakers have produced them for European markets, but often eschewed the higher mpg engines because of costly aftermarket treatments to “clean” the diesel, allowing them to meet emission standards. Mazda hopes to change attitudes with its new Skyactiv-D Diesel engine.
Mazda’s new engine, which will debut on the 2012 Mazda CX-5 crossover next month at the Tokyo Motor Show, will deliver up to 30-percent better fuel economy, and add a more powerful-feeling ride quality to boot.
The new Skyactiv-D Diesel engine is part of the Japanese automaker’s plan to offer Skyactiv Technology in all of its cars by 2015, and introduce diesel options to give consumers greater flexibility. The next generation Mazda6 is expected to be offered as a diesel as well, and while Mazda is complementing its Japanese lineup, future plans call for the U.S. to get in on the party.
Automotive.com’s take: Kanpai! Europe has long enjoyed the diesel option, and with a growing emphasis on mpg, more diesel engines will give consumers a wider array of options as we transition to the next automotive generation.