No Hybrid in the Works for the All-New Mazda6

The all-new 2009 Mazda6 will be in showrooms this month, but according to Mazda officials, there are no plans for a hybrid variant.

“Sure, the landscape has changed during the past six months, but a hybrid is just not something we’re planning on doing at the moment,” said Jay Amestoy, vice president of public and government affairs for Mazda North American Operations. “Our real-world MPG numbers will be strong, and we just think the fuel economy is pretty good the way it is.”

The 2009 Mazda6 with the 2.5L 4-cylinder and manual transmission has a 20/29 mpg rating while the 3.7L V6 gets 17/25 mpg. Mazda’s only current hybrid is the Tribute, which shares its powertrain with the Ford Escape Hybrid. It was expected that the Mazda6 would eventually get the hybrid powertrain from the upcoming Ford Fusion Hybrid.

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