Mazda launches Skyactiv
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.