Mazda Will Bring Next-Gen Engine to U.S., Eventually
Mazda Motor Corp. has no immediate plans to offer its latest Skyactiv-D diesel engine and all-new Skyactiv-X homogeneous-charge-compression-ignition (HCCI) technology in the U.S.
The carmaker is launching both engines this year in Europe. Mazda is focusing its efforts on European applications for the fuel-efficient powertrains to help meet more stringent emissions standards, Dave Coleman, a vehicle development engineer for Mazda North America, tells WardsAuto.
North American availability is expected sometime later. Wards notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified a 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D (pictured) in the Mazda CX-5 SUV/crossover last year. Featuring a two-stage twin turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, the powerplant boasts a diesel-best compression ratio of 14.0:1.
Mazda is introducing the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X engine this year in several European models. HCCI combines aspects of gasoline and diesel engines, functioning like the latter to ignite its air-fuel mixture through pressure rather than a sparkplug.
There are two things that are true of automotive journalists: they like station wagons.
Creating products for its various brands and global markets once meant considerable complexity. So Volkswagen has decided to go common—while providing a considerable amount of flexibility.
While the whole notion of minivans might provoke an involuntary eye roll among some people, here’s an interesting fact: so far this year, through the end of March, Chrysler delivered 31,616 Town & Country minivans, which makes it, by far, the biggest selling vehicle in the brand’s showroom.