"The Mazda will be the first Asian diesel to be sold in the U.S."
Guess they forgot about the Toyota and Isuzu pickups in the 70's.
A family member had one of the Toyotas - gutless and it smoked bad. But that engine was still running when the rest of the truck rusted out around it.
"...the worthy 250 CDI BlueTEC we tested managed to average a verifiable 44.4 mpg for us over a very mountainous loop when driven quite sensibly."
That mpg figure looks high. Are they basing it on an imperial gallon? If so, it's 20% higher than a U.S. gallon.
If you do a test at home (as I did) you'll find you can detect the smell of gas when it's mixed with diesel.
I always do a quick sniff test of the nozzle before I put the fuel in - looks silly, but oh well.
Not gonna happen by 2015.
Another over-optimistic assumption by people who love diesels. Don't get me wrong, I love 'em too and want to see many more car models with that option. But, a great majority of Americans are just not interested.
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A good question. Press releases have been vague - using terms like the new A3 will arrive "this Summer" and "later this year."
After dealing with VW delays on recent model releases, I'm skeptical we'll see timely movement on this issue. Case in point - press releases...