Yet Mazda not only makes it work in the RX-8, but the engine’s size and weight allow for the car to have a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution while providing 232 horses, an incredible 9,000-rpm redline, and a 0-60 sprint in about 6 seconds. Of course there are drawbacks, like only 152 pound-feet of torque, but the car’s light weight and high revs counter that a little.
The point here, though, isn’t to rave about the RX-8; it’s to prove that Mazda isn’t like the other automakers.
And that’s good for American car buyers wanting to save money when buying a new car and at the fuel pump afterward.
In this week’s Green Update, our own jgoods mentioned that Mazda would introduce diesel engines in America. Not only is that true, but Mazda is out to prove a point that diesel-powered cars can be just as popular here as their hybrid competition.
The Detroit News reports this morning that Mazda plans to bring a diesel-powered midsize sedan (Mazda6?) to the United States in 2012 that will get 43 miles per gallon. That tops today’s midsize hybrids, and Mazda promises its car will cost far less.
The reason Mazda made the decision to bring diesel engines here is because Toyota and Honda decided not to. Mazda sees an opportunity, and it is striking.
I love that rebel thinking!
The Detroit News story quotes Consumer Reports test engineer Jake Fisher, who called this one of the most important announcements made at the New York Auto Show last week.
That was big news, because we need a small displacement, fuel-efficient diesel that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg,” he said. “Volkswagen has one, but every other manufacturer seems scared of diesels. I think it’s fabulous that Mazda has thrown its hat in the ring.
The time is right for diesel in America, and Mazda is about to prove that. I predict a major upswing in Mazda sales and a severe fall from the hybrid hype wagon that has consumed this country for too long.
Will the Mazda diesel sell in the United States? I’d buy one!