Before September 2015, the diesel engine was a popular thing in many corners of the globe. This was especially so in Europe, but also in certain areas of North America, where diesel die-hards swore by the technology. Certainly, its stingy fuel consumption gave the diesel engine some strong arguments.
Then the sky fell down, in the form of the VW diesel-engine scandal.
It’s been a rocky road for diesel since then, to say the least. And yet, its grip on certain pockets of the marketplace remains firm, notably regarding heavy machinery and trucks. In the case of car though, its popularity has melted like snow in May.
At Mazda, the company was promising a revolutionary approach to diesel technology at the turn of the current decade. Based on the new SKYACTIV technology, it was going to perform miracles. Yours truly even trekked to Vancouver in 2010 to try out a right-side-drive Mazda shipped in from Japan for the occasion. The engine was efficient, no doubt about that.