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Mazda's large saloon becomes the latest model to ditch diesel, with production ending this month and stock available until the end of the year
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9 October 2020

Mazda will cease production of its 6 large saloon and estate in diesel form this month, with the model moving to naturally aspirated petrol power only in Europe. 

It's believed that the long-standing 2.2-litre diesel unit would need redesigning in order to meet ever-toughening emissions legislation.  The investment required to do would not be met with sales volumes significant enough to justify it. 

The diesel 6 will still be available to order from stock until the end of the year, however, a UK spokesman has confirmed. 

A number of makers have, in recent years, slimmed down or entirely axed their diesel offerings for models where the fuel was previously a popular choice. This is particularly true in the business and fleet markets, where company car users are now strongly incentivised to choose plug-in hybrids or EVs rather than oil-burners. 

Mazda still offers the 2.2-litre diesel in the CX-5 SUV, and it's unclear if that will soon face the axe too. It's now the only diesel offering in Mazda's nine-strong range of UK bodystyles, as the volume-selling 3 was introduced in 2019 with the SkyActiv X spark controlled compression ignition petrol engine claimed to offer the economy of a diesel with the driver appeal of a petrol. 

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FastRenaultFan 10 October 2020

Just noticed in my feed that Mazda have been certified to sell d

Mazda certified to sell diesel 6 and CX-5 Models in the USA. So they are not getting out of selling diesel then just moving to selling them elsewhere. Good luck to them with that.
Will86 9 October 2020

Fine, but widen the petrol choices

Dropping diesel from the range is one thing, but not having anything else to offer customers instead is another. Mazda have a decent enough 2.5l naturally aspirated petrol that will do a steady 40mpg but it's only available as an auto and a high spec. There would be a small but notable number of buyers happy to take the 2.5 if it was manual and in a lower spec and so a lot cheaper. They've also got a turbo version of the 2.5 available in the US so Mazda aren't adverse to turbocharging their cars either.

IainS 9 October 2020

SkyactivX

Removing diesel is fine...   ...if they fit the SkyActiveX to the 6 series.  And they could do with fitting AWD too.

 

Same for the CX-5 - why no SkyActiveX?  Is it just that they are waiting for all the already manufacturered diesel engines to sell?

 

 

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