The SkyActiv’s the limit
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.