Petrol en­gines still in de­mand - Mazda

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO MOTORING - Val van der Walt

While al­most ev­ery car man­u­fac­turer is spend­ing what­ever it can in de­vel­op­ing elec­tric cars, Mazda is say­ing, again, that the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine still has a long road ahead of it.

Mazda in Europe - where lib­eral gov­ern­ments view elec­tric cars in the same light as the Mes­siah - has done a sur­vey among 11 000 peo­ple in 11 coun­tries, and found that more than 50% of car buy­ers pre­fer in­ter­nal com­bus­tion over elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

31% of peo­ple sur­veyed even said that should elec­tric ve­hi­cles cost and per­form ex­actly the same as petrol en­gines, they will still pre­fer the lat­ter.

Mazda con­ducted the re­search as part of its Zoom-Zoom 2030 programme, un­der which the de­vel­op­ment of its new spark­less SkyAc­tiv petrol en­gine and safety and driver-fo­cused tech falls.

The Ja­panese car maker is cur­rently in­vest­ing a lot of money into ways to make in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gines more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and ef­fi­cient.

It is also one of very few man­u­fac­tur­ers who hasn’t yet gone the down­siz­ing route and still prefers to fit slightly big­ger, non-turbo en­gines in its smaller cars.

Mazda Mo­tor Europe’s president and CEO, Jeff Guy­ton, says: ‘The re­search find­ings are fas­ci­nat­ing. The whole ba­sis of our long-run­ning Drive To­gether cam­paign is to cel­e­brate the sheer joy of driv­ing, and it ap­pears that Euro­pean drivers see a long road ahead for the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine – we are work­ing hard to make that road an even bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for drivers ev­ery­where.’

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