Mazda is planning to launch a diesel-electric hybrid within 3 years
Mazda is reportedly planning to launch a diesel-electric hybrid car in the Japanese and European markets sometime within the next three years. The report states that the Japanese automaker is working on a diesel-electric hybrid system that will likely pair a variant of Toyota’s hybrid hardware.
The car is expected to launch in Europe and Japan in late 2016 or early 2017, though it’s unclear whether the hybrid powertrain will make its way stateside eventually. It’s also unknown which models the setup could be offered in, although the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 2 seem to be the most likely candidates.
The new car’s fuel consumption is targeted at somewhere around the 2.5L/60mi mark under the generous JC08 fuel economy cycle. Should it achieve this goal, the new car would be 30% more efficient than even the most efficient diesel cars. It would also be more efficient than Mazda’s first hybrid, the gas-electric Mazda 3 hybrid sedan, a Japan-only model.
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