Mazda postpones launch of Skyactive-D passenger car engine

Niels Tholen - 17 January 2014

Mazda has postponed the launch of its Skyactive-D clean diesel engine for a second time. The engine is Mazda's attempt to produce a clean diesel engine which does not require NOx abatement technology. Mazda's new delay follows an announcement in September last year, postponing the launch to the end of 2013.

The engine remains highly anticipated following significant investment by Mazda into research and capital, in an effort to differentiate itself from its main diesel engine rivals.

Following the delay, Mazda is now reported to be looking at re-engineering the engine to include NOx abatement technology either in the form of a NOx-reduction catalyst or Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. The company has reported, however, that it remains hopeful it can achieve EPA emission standards without the need for NOx abatement.

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