Mazda Bets Big On Diesel With The All-New 2014 Mazda 6 – Forbes

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Mazda Bets Big On Diesel The All-New 2014 Mazda 6

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most other automakers are hybrids and electric vehicles as the way to a fuel-efficient future, Mazda is on diesel technology. It’s a decision as the Japanese automaker to transform itself from an into a market leader.

The announced at the L.A. Auto that the U.S. version of its 6 midsize sedan, which got a redesign for the 2014 model will offer a new four-cylinder engine, in addition to a conventional gasoline engine.

Though Mazda was upstaged in by all the hype around Honda’s new Plug-In Hybrid and electric from BMW, Chevrolet and offering a diesel engine in the 6 marks a significant milestone for the The previous version of the Mazda 6 did not U.S. buyers a diesel and the 2014 model will be one of two midsize sedans available a diesel engine stateside, the being the Volkswagen Passat.

is so confident in its diesel technology it will race a version of the Mazda 6 capable of making than 400 horsepower in the Grand-Am Racing series next starting in January. The car will in the newly created GX class.

Mazda has not said how much the consumer version of the new diesel will generate. But it did say that the is 10 percent lighter than a diesel engine currently in markets outside the U.S. and it runs clean enough not to complicated exhaust treatments to emissions regulations.

Though Mazda is not offering a version of the new 6 sedan, it is including fuel-saving technology that is anything currently available. A braking system it calls which stands for Intelligent Loop, uses a capacitor to and store kinetic energy while braking and decelerating.

regenerative braking systems use an or electric motor connected to a pack. By using a capacitor Mazda saves weight and and, unlike a battery, it can and discharge instantly without during prolonged use.

The will power electrical such as the air conditioning and stereo, are normally powered by an alternator to the engine. Mazda says it i-ELOOP will improve economy, but how much depends on conditions and driving habits.

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Even without the fancy the stylish new Mazda 6 is appealing. It has a premium look and feel the model it replaces, as discussed in detail here. The gas-powered which makes 189 hp, goes on in January with the diesel midyear. Both will be drive.

Pricing has not been announced.

The Mazda 6 made its debut at the International Motor Show in but the L.A. Auto Show its first appearance in the United

2014 Mazda 6 (Credit:

It competes with midsize such as the Chevrolet Malibu, Fusion. Honda Accord. Sonata, Nissan Altima. Camry and Volkswagen Passat.

But the is the only competitor with a engine, which represents a fifth of its sales.

Diesels and hybrids make up a small percentage of U.S. sales, but their popularity is on the In the first half, diesel increased roughly 28 percent the same period last and hybrid sales increased 64 percent, according to data the Diesel Technology Forum. compares with a 15 percent in overall car sales during period.

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