Mazda un­veils SKYACTIV-X en­gine

New Straits Times - - Business -

TOKYO: Mazda Mo­tor Corp un­veiled plans for the world’s first com­mer­cial petrol en­gine us­ing com­pres­sion ig­ni­tion, plac­ing tra­di­tional en­gines at the cen­tre of its strat­egy days af­ter say­ing it would develop elec­tric cars with Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp.

Mazda, whose re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) bud­get is a frac­tion that of Toy­ota, could be the first car­maker to com­mer­cialise a tech­nol­ogy that many peers, in­clud­ing Gen­eral Mo­tors Co and Daim­ler AG, have been work­ing on for decades.

Mazda said yes­ter­day it would start sell­ing cars equipped with the new en­gine from 2019, even as other car­mak­ers in­creas­ingly turn to elec­tric ve­hi­cles against a land­scape of tight­en­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion.

“We think it is an im­per­a­tive and fun­da­men­tal job for us to pur­sue the ideal in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine,” said Mazda’s head of R&D Kiyoshi Fu­ji­wara.

“While elec­tri­fi­ca­tion is nec­es­sary... the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine should come first.”

A ho­mo­ge­neous charge com­pres­sion ig­ni­tion en­gine ig­nites petrol through com­pres­sion, elim­i­nat­ing spark plugs. Its fuel econ­omy po­ten­tially matches that of a diesel en­gine without high emis­sions of ni­tro­gen ox­ides or sooty par­tic­u­lates.

The news fol­lows Mazda’s an­nounce­ment on Fri­day of a cap­i­tal tie-up with Toy­ota, an al­liance that will see the pair build a US$1.6 bil­lion (RM6.86 bil­lion) plant in the United States and work to­gether on elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

Mazda said the new en­gine, to be called SKYACTIV-X, would be 20 to 30 per cent more ef­fi­cient than its cur­rent SKYACTIV-G en­gine. Reuters

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Mazda Mo­tor’s new en­gine, the SKYACTIV-X, is 20 to 30 per cent more ef­fi­cient than its cur­rent SKYACTIV-G en­gine.

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