Here in New York, Mazda Canada confirmed that they have a diesel engine in its "next-generation mid-sized car"—or Mazda6—in 2012.
Along with a brand new six-speed automatic transmission, called Sky-Drive, the so-called Sky-D diesel is expected to achieve up to 43 mpg or 6.57 L/100 km on the highway, besting the current class-leading Ford Fusion Hybrid, so says Mazda.
In addition to new diesel engine, Mazda has said that it plans to build a new Sky-G (the Japanese automaker says these are concept names, and not the names of the actual products) gasoline engine that when matched with the SKY-Drive six-speed automatic will provide 15 per cent better fuel economy than existing gas engines.
This news only adds to Mazda’s mission for better fuel efficiency. It recently announced plans to lease hybrid drivetrain technology from rival Toyota.