2014 Mazda6, the First Japanese Car With Diesel Engine image

With the 2014 Mazda6 to go on sale in 2013, Mazda becomes the first Japanese automaker to manufacture a diesel engine for North America.

The 2014 Mazda6 will go on sales in January 2013 and it will initially come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, offering 184 hp and 185 pound-feet of torque. Beginning from the second half of the year, the model will also come with a 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged diesel engine, with ’bags of torque’ according to spokesman Jeremy Barnes.

“Midsize cars is the toughest segment in the industry,” said Jim Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North America. “It is fiercely brutal, a real knife fight. Diesel will be a point of differentiation for us,” Sullivan said. “We will be the only Asian company bringing a diesel to the U.S.”

The previous Mazda6 model was manufactured in Flat Rock, in a JV assembly plant with Ford. The new model is produced in Japan, while Ford makes the Mustang at the Flat Rock plant and later it will add the Fusion model. Although Ford expressed its interest in buying Mazda’s share in the plant, it will remain a 50-50 JV for now.