Mazda will display the recently unveiled Mazda3 with a variety of engine types at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show that is set to open on November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight. The latest Mazda3 is being touted as a ‘multi-solution’ as the fuel types increase in numbers. The carmaker will unveil in Tokyo the Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept, which is powered by compressed natural gas.
A CNG version is the latest addition to Mazda3’s already diverse offerings -- SKYACTIV gasoline and diesel-engine models and a hybrid variant.
Mazda’s exhibit at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show also highlights its most recent technologies while hinting at the direction of future models. The Mazda3 is regarded as the core of the carmaker’s line-up as it accounts for over 30 percent of the company’s global sales volume. Mazda3 is also the third of Mazda’s new generation vehicles to be completely redesigned.
While the Mazda3 is capable of running on a diverse range of energy sources, every model still features the carmaker’s trademark fun-to-drive experience. All Mazda3 models feature SKYACTIV engines, a proof of the versatility Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. The SKYACTIV-CNG Concept features a dual fuel system that uses both gasoline and CNG.
The SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine only needs slight modifications to be able to adopt it for CNG use, thanks to its already high compression ratio. CNG-powered vehicles boast of 20 percent less emissions compared to gasoline-powered engines. The SKYACTIV-HYBRID models, meanwhile, are powered by combo of an electric motor and 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine. It is, however, only available in Japan.