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Mazda explains Mazda6 diesel delay: Not enough 'zoom zoom'

by Justin King

Updated time-frame expected to be announced at the New York auto show in April.

Mazda has finally hinted at the reasoning behind its development delays for the Mazda6 diesel variant, suggesting the project managers are not yet satisfied with performance figures.

"We didn't think the powertrain was 'zoom-zoom' enough," Mazda North America CEO Jim O'Sullivan Automobile Magazine.

The Skyactiv-D edition was initially promised to arrive on the market before the end of last year. The company in September noted a delay until spring 2014, and recently acknowledged yet another delay with an unclear launch time-frame.

The persistent delays fueled speculation that the new oil-burner was not meeting emissions standards, after Mazda said it needed more time to accommodate final emissions testing and certification, however the latest comments appear to contradict the earlier statement.

"We still think it's a significant part of our plan," O'Sullivan added. "This is not just another engine."

The new 2.2-liter four-cylinder oil burner was expected to produce 173 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, matching the specs of the higher-output Skyactiv-D engine available in other markets.

Mazda may disclose additional details surrounding the diesel Mazda6 at the New York International Auto Show in April.

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