Mazda has no plans to introduce a hybrid version of its new 2009 Mazda6, despite possessing the ability and technology to do so. The Japanese carmaker already produces a hybrid powertrain for its Tribute SUV – developed together with Ford - but has decided not to transfer the technology to the mid-sized Mazda6 sedan, instead citing the car's strong "real-world MPG numbers".

The information comes from Jay Amestoy, the vice president of public and government affairs for Mazda’s U.S. operations. Speaking with Edmunds, Amestoy confirmed that Mazda was not planning on going the hybrid route for the Mazda6 at the moment.

Starting at $18,550, the base model 2009 Mazda 6 comes with a 170hp (127kW) 2.5L four-cylinder petrol engine with a manual transmission and mileage figures of 20mpg (11.7L/100km) in the city and 29mpg (8.11L/100km) on the highway. There’s also a 270hp (201kW) 3.7L V6, which achieves just 17mpg (13.8L/100km) around town and 25mpg (9.4L/100km) on the highway and is only available with an automatic transmission.

North American 2009 Mazda6

European Mazda6