Mazda plans to sell a diesel-electric hybrid passenger car in fiscal year 2016, according to a Japan News article yesterday. The unnamed car, likely a Mazda6 or similar, will be sold in Japan and Europe but probably not in North America due to heavy import costs and an expectation of slow sales.
“Using a diesel-fueled engine as the main drive source, Mazda will develop a system in which an engine-powered small motor will play a supporting role.
“Mazda aims to develop diesel-powered hybrid cars that can travel about 40 kilometers per liter of light oil—about 30 percent farther than ordinary diesel-powered vehicles run, according to sources.”
The report by Yomiuri Shimbun can be read here.
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