Mazda has announced plans to delay the release of its SKYACTIV-D clean diesel in North America. The automaker simply says that more research and development is required but it appears that Mazda may have tried to cut the costs of the required emissions-cleansing system.
Without a NOx after-treatment system, the engine become harder to tune in order to deliver the reduced emissions. Read the press release below.
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Mazda Canada Inc. today announced that the launch of its SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine in North America is being further delayed from its Spring 2014 announced debut timing.
While Mazda understands its SKYACTIV-D can meet emission regulation requirements without the use of a NOx after-treatment system, it has decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.
Further information on the program, including a timeline of launch for North America, technical specifications and fuel economy will be available at a later date, closer to launch.
SOURCE Mazda Canada Inc.