Mazda launches Sky­ac­tiv

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MAZDA has of­fi­cially launched its “green” technology called Sky­ac­tiv. It in­cludes en­gines, trans­mis­sions, ve­hi­cle bod­ies and chas­sis that will be­gin ap­pear­ing in Mazda prod­ucts from 2011.

Mazda2 will be the first model to fea­ture Sky­ac­tiv technology and will go on sale in Ja­pan in the first half of next year.

It will be pow­ered by the Sky­ac­tiv-G, Mazda’s next-gen­er­a­tion di­rect in­jec­tion petrol en­gine that achieves sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency thanks to a high com­pres­sion ra­tio of 14.0:1 .

The Mazda2 Sky­ac­tiv-G will achieve fuel econ­omy of 3.3-litres/100km with­out any as­sis­tance from an elec­tric mo­tor. It will be avail­able here next year. The Sky­ac­tiv name is in­tended to re­flect Mazda’s de­sire to pro­vide driv­ing plea­sure as well as out­stand­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and safety per­for­mance in its ve­hi­cles. It in­volves the com­pre­hen­sive op­ti­mi­sa­tion of Mazda’s base tech­nolo­gies, which de­ter­mine the core per­for­mance of its ve­hi­cles, and the pro­gres­sive in­tro­duc­tion of elec­tric de­vices such as re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing and a hy­brid sys­tem.

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