The EPA last year certified a 2.2L version of Skyactiv diesel in the Mazda CX-5 CUV, but the engine is not in the U.S.-market CX-5 or any other Mazda. A spokesman says don’t take that as a sign Mazda is waffling on offering a diesel in the U.S.
Though designed in Barcelona, the el-Born will be assembled not in Spain but in Zwickau, Germany, alongside the ID, VW’s first electric car that also will use the MEB platform. The ID comes to market later this year, one year before the el-Born.
VW strategy chief Michael Jost indicates the new price-leading I.D. model will go on sale in 2023 with a range of different battery options, the smallest of which will provide a range of “around 200 km,” or 124 miles.
Driven by tightening CO2 emissions rules and the rapid retreat from diesel technology, the consultancy LMC Automotive forecasts 48V technology’s use in Europe will grow to 33.0% of light vehicles in 2030 from 0.4% in 2018.