The SkyActiv’s the limit

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - METRO DRIVE -

Mazda says its next line of fuel-ef­fi­cient SkyActiv en­gines could be as much as 30 per cent more fru­gal than the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of its more eco-friendly pow­er­plants. The new en­gines should ap­pear in Mazda’s lineup, which in­cludes the CX-3, pic­tured, by 2018, and rep­re­sent the main com­po­nent in the com­pany’s fuel ef­fi­ciency strat­egy, pres­i­dent Masamichi Kogai told Auto Ex­press at the re­cent Frank­furt Mo­tor Show. Mean­while, Mazda is feel­ing out cus­tomer in­ter­est in hy­brid and elec­tric cars, and has ap­pointed a spe­cial team to in­ves­ti­gate the fea­si­bil­ity of re­viv­ing the Wankel ro­tary en­gines that were once a Mazda call­ing card. An ear­lier prom­ise to bring a diesel en­gine to the United States might now hinge on whether get­ting one cer­ti­fied here would sac­ri­fice its per­for­mance.

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