The demand for diesel has been rising steadily as gasoline prices continue to climb. To help drivers save money with an alternative powertrain, many automakers are designing diesel versions of some of their popular, economical vehicles, built to offer a choice beyond gasoline, hybrid, and electric.
In the case of Mazda, that means drivers can expect their Mazda6 sedan to be available in a diesel option soon. Both the Mazda6 sedan and the CX-5 SUV have experienced a surge in diesel orders in Japan, with only 20% of drivers opting for the traditional gasoline models. This is despite the diesel models also costing nearly 20% more as well, indicating that drivers are more than willing to pay a little extra for a vehicle that will deliver them continuing savings that the pump.
Diesel technology has frequently had a bad reputation, but it has been improving greatly in recent years. With the advent of new filter designs, different fuel injection methods, and turbocharged engines, diesel engines have not only gotten cleaner than they used to be, but they are quieter now as well.
Although they will be the first Japanese automaker to bring a diesel vehicle to the United States, Volkswagen has long offered diesel options, and Chevrolet's new Cruze is being built to fit strict emissions standards for diesel models. So VW and Chevy will have some more competition once Mazda's new sedan reaches the shores.
To learn more about the Mazda6 diesel and when drivers can expect it to be available in Illinois, readers have been asked to contact Biggers Mazda. Their sales team keeps up to date on all of the latest happenings with regard to Mazda vehicles. Open six days a week, they are one of the area's premier choices for new and used vehicles.