Mazda CX-5: firm’s first model to get the SkyActiv Technology

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 2, 2011

The all-new CX-5 of Mazda is the first new vehicle to showcase the company's innovative SKYACTIV Technology that will bring major emission reductions and fuel savings for fleets. Accordingly, this new model, which was launched at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, guarantees significant whole-life cost savings for fleet operators.

As for company car drivers, it promises major financial benefits over rival models. The Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in the United Kingdom by 2012. With personal and fleet budgets still under the microscope in a challenging economic climate, Mazda's all new model will deliver financial benefits, while maintaining the Mazda fun-to-drive distinction. Fleet decision-makers and company vehicle drivers can enjoy reduced fuel bills and vehicle operating costs.

They can also enjoy the savings in Vehicle Excise Duty, capital allowances, Class 1A National Insurance contributions for businesses and benefit-in-kind tax for drivers, among other vehicle-related taxes. It is powered by a lineup of new low-emission, fuel-efficient yet powerful diesel and petrol engines, including the company's 165ps SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engine and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine, which will be available in 150ps and 175ps variants. Each engine has a record-breaking compression ratio of 14:1 for greater efficiency. The engineers at Mazda are focused on achieving top-of-the-line environmental performance for a compact SUV.

They are also targeting carbon dioxide emissions of not more than 120g/km for the 2WD SKYACTIV-D 2.2 Mazda CX-5. The 150ps variant has a CO2 emissions figure of only 119g/km as well as a combined cycle fuel economy of 62.8mpg. On the other hand, the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engine has a CO2 emissions figure of 139g/km with a combined cycle fuel economy of 47.1mpg.

Moreover, the Mazda CX-5 showcases a comprehensive array of SKYACTIV Technology such as enhanced aerodynamics, chassis developments, vehicle weight reduction, and new manual and automatic transmissions which are matched to the new engines.

Mazda intends to deliver a 30 percent improvement from the 2008 average fuel economy of vehicles and 23 percent improvements in CO2 emissions by 2015. More importantly, the SKYACTIV Technology addresses the seemingly contradicting goals of driving pleasure and environmental and safety performance without compromise, with a significant role being played by a progressive refinement of diesel and petrol engine technology.

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