The Japanese automaker has been working on bringing its diesel engines to the U.S. for the majority of this decade, but has been delayed numerous times, leading many to believe it would never happen. But in an interview with Automotive News, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said that the company still plans on bringing diesel engines to the U.S. and even has an internal timeline to do so. Unfortunately, the CEO wouldn’t disclose when the U.S. can expect to see it. He did say that he wants diesel engines to be introduced in the U.S. while he is still CEO.
Adding to that, the general manager of Mazda’s vehicle development division, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, is confident that Mazda engineers will find the right balance of diesel driving performance and clean emissions that it has struggled to reach for the U.S. market.
Prior to Volkswagen’s admittance that it cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests, some automakers were baffled on how the German automaker managed to meet the stringent U.S. emissions standards. Now that the company’s defeat device is out in the open, it’s less of a surprise that other automakers haven’t been able to solve the dilemma of bringing diesel engines to the U.S.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Mazda isn’t giving up, despite all the stigma surrounding diesel engines in the U.S.