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Mazda asserts Skyactiv 3 or Skyactiv-X will be cleaner or at least at par with an EV

We have all heard of Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine technology, even if it has not gone on sale yet. And despite that, the Japanese automaker has already begun a new major internal combustion project, which they are calling the Skyactiv 3. What they plan for this is to boost the powerplant’s thermal efficient to around 56 percent, and this will deliver a well to wheel emissions on par with an EV, says Automotive News.

This claim by Mazda was made based on the carbon dioxide emissions from producing electricity for charging an electric vehicle versus pumping oil out of the ground to turn this into gasoline.

However, the main issue with this calculation is that there are a number of ways to produce electricity, and each way produces a different amount of carbon dioxide. For instance, it will definitely be cleaner to get power from renewable resources rather than getting power from a region with a coal-fired powerplant.

Read the entire article Mazda asserts Skyactiv 3 or Skyactiv-X will be cleaner or at least at par with an EV

2015 Mazda2/Demio officially unveiled with new Skyactiv-D diesel engine

After yesterday’s leaked photos, Mazda officially introduced today the 2015 Mazda2 also known as Demio in Japan. Set to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the all-new Mazda2/Demio features the full range of ultra-efficient Skyactiv Technology.

According to Mazda, Europe will get a new small displacement clean diesel engine, the Skyactiv-D 1.5 but also different power versions of the Skyactiv-G 1.5 petrol engine. The Skyactiv-D diesel engine delivers 105 hp (77 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

The petrol engine is not new as Mazda is already using it in the 2014 Mazda3.

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Mazda SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel engine to power the next-generation Mazda2

The all-new Mazda2 will feature the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, Mazda’s new 1.5-liter clean diesel engine, when the next-generation model is initially launched in Japan. The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March alongside the Mazda Hazumi concept, which became the basis for the Mazda2.

The new engine – which shares with its the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel fitted in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 – was developed with an aim of achieving ideal combustion even in a very low compression ratio.

The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 features expanded homogenous lean burn range, less mechanical resistance, and new insulation technology that offset the increased cooling loss typical in a smaller engine.

Read the entire article Mazda SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel engine to power the next-generation Mazda2

New Toyota subcompact to feature Mazda’s Skyactiv engine

Toyota Motor Corp. will be using Mazda’s Skyactiv engine for its new subcompact that is derived from the Mazda2. Toyota will be sourcing the Skyactiv engine from Mazda’s new Salamanca site in Mexico. According to Keishi Egawa, chief executive of Mazda’s operations in Mexico and director of the Salamanca facility, the new subcompact will feature Toyota-designed sheet metal but will be powered by Mazda’s high-compression, fuel-injected Skyactiv gasoline engine. 

“They will make model-specific investment for the Toyota vehicle,” Egawa told Automotive News in an interview at the opening of the site in February. While the stamping and dies, as well as“some of the interior design work,” will be Toyota’s, the Mazda2 derivative will use the Skyactiv engine. The Salamanca site will allocate around 50,000 vehicles for Toyota from its full annual production capacity of 230,000 units.

The site is expected start producing for Toyota between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.  By using Mazda’s Skyactiv engine, Toyota could polish the appeal of its subcompact offerings.

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Mazda’s current line of Skyactiv engines, while just recently launched, is already known for its great fuel economy figures. But the Japanese carmaker is already looking beyond the present, as it is now targeting a new set of gasoline and diesel engines that boasts of better mpg numbers – the Skyactiv 2. This new generation of engines is slated to debut by 2020 and is hoped to achieve 30 percent better fuel economy than the current Skyactiv.

Mitsuo Hitomi, executive officer in charge of powertrain development at Mazda, remarked that Skyactiv 2 will focus on improved internal combustion. "If we want to dramatically improve fuel economy from here, the only route is through lean burning," Hitomi said during a briefing where he provided the first details of the future powertrain strategy.

Hitomi remarked that Mazda needs the technologies to comply with more stringent European carbon dioxide emissions standards, set at 95 grams per kilometer in 2020 and 65 grams per kilometer in 2025. "The next step is the 2020 European regulations," Hitomi said. Skyactiv 2 would represent another big leap in Mazda's powertrain performance, coming less than a decade after Mazda launched its first Skyactiv engines in 2011.

Read the entire article Mazda is already eyeing more fuel efficient Skyactiv 2 engines

Mazda Motor Corp. will increase the production capacity for its Skyactiv transmission series in two years to meet an expected surge in demand for its next vehicle products that will be equipped with the gearboxes. Most of the increased output will be shipped to Mazda's new vehicle assembly site in Salamanca, Mexico that will start operating in 2014.

Mazda is currently building the Skyactiv transmissions at its Hofu site in Japan, which production capacity will be expanded to 1.14 million units annually in July 2014, from the current 750,000 units. Mazda will further increase the output for the transmission when it opens another site in Thailand by mid-2015.

Mazda announced in January that its new site in Thailand will have the capacity to produce 400,000 units annually. Mazda's Hofu and Thailand sites will ship the completed transmission to its vehicle assembly sites in other countries, according to a spokesman for the Japanese carmaker.

Read the entire article Mazda to hike output capacity of Skyactiv transmissions

The 2.5-liter Skyactiv 4-cylinder engine will be offered as an option on the 2014 Mazda6, according to a source who attended a Mazda dealer meeting in Chicago. It has been said by many consumers that the 2013 Mazda CX-5 with its 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine doesn’t really offer much power.

This engine has an output of 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, making it have a bit more power than the version in the 2012 Mazda3.

It is the leader in its segment when it comes to fuel economy but it doesn’t have the impact of many of its rivals. A source said that Mazda aims to resolve this problem with a larger engine with more power. It will be available as an option.

Read the entire article 2014 Mazda CX-5 will receive a bigger 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine

The all-new Mazda CX-5 will be installed with the SKYACTIV technology that has a practical fun-to-drive eco approach, providing class leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. The Mazda CX-5 would be an excellent deal for the company’s fleet customers since the vehicle’s fuel economy means reduced running costs and lots of savings.

According to Steve Tomlinson, Head of Fleet for Mazda UK, the SKYACTIV technology allows fleet managers to drastically cut operational costs without compromising performance or handling, adding that the technology offers a complete eco solution. The Mazda CX-5 is well-made to cater to fleet operators as it promises ownership savings and significant financial benefits, when compared to Mazda’s competitors.

EurotaxGlass has forecasted the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel 2WD SE-L 150ps model to have a residual value of £10,666 (46%) at three years per 60,000 miles, which puts it far ahead of Toyota RAV4, Nissan Qashqai and the Ford Kuga.

Read the entire article SkyActiv enables Mazda CX-5 to boast class-leading fuel economy

The Skyactiv technology of Mazda will make its debut on the CX-5 model next month. According to Mazda Europe design chief Peter Birtwhistle, the technology comes with an unexpected bonus for designers. Specifically, it allows for proportions similar to a rear wheel drive vehicle because of the angle wherein the exhaust system comes out of the engine, he discussed.

He further explained that this enables them to get the wheels further forward and the powerplant further back, allowing for “more classic proportions."

The proportions are demonstrated on the Takeri concept, which has been displayed at Geneva after its debut in Tokyo in 2011. The Takeri concept offers hints about the Mazda6, which is set to be revealed at the Paris show in September. The proportions also work well on C segment vehicles such as the Mazda3, the next generation of which is a "very sporty" one according to Birtwhistle.

Read the entire article Mazda’s Skyactiv technology comes with an unexpected bonus for designers

It’s likely that when the next-generation Mazda MX-5 starts selling in 2014, it will be equipped with a turbocharged version of the 1.3-litre, four cylinder SkyActiv petrol engine. The next Mazda MX-5 will come with the smaller direct-injection turbo unit rather than the current model’s normally aspirated 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines.

It will get variable cam phasing, lighter, low-friction reciprocating parts, and maybe even a new exhaust manifold design that offers an exhaust gas evacuation that’s more effective. Its transmission will be lighter and its friction will be reduced as Mazda attempts to give the manual shift action the same level of mechanical precision and short throw as the original model.

It’s also likely to have a very efficient paddle-shift torque-converter auto, with a lock-up clutch. The next MX-5 will use a new rear-wheel drive SkyActiv platform that will be dubbed the S-platform. Mazda is hoping for the two-seater to revert to its original agile sports car concept and to accomplish that, it is relying on lightweight engineering.

Read the entire article Next-generation Mazda MX-5 to receive a turbocharged 1.3-litre SkyActiv engine

The Mazda6’s fuel economy will be much better with the use of the Skyactiv technology for both its engines and transmissions, according to the North American division of Mazda. In the U.S., the refreshed Mazda3 is offered as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatch. It has a base price of $15,200 (excluding the $795 destination charge).

Paying this amount will get you a 2012 Mazda3 i SV sedan with a 148 hp MZR 2.0-liter engine and a manual gearbox. For $15,200, you would get a higher-trim i Sport sedan that is offered with a five-speed automatic transmission as an option.

The Mazda3 i Touring or Grand Touring models feature the new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which delivers 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque.

Read the entire article 2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv priced from $18,450

Mazda has finally unveiled the latest generation of the Mazda3 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Mazda, the all-new Mazda plays an important role in raising the driving pleasure to distinctive to the brand to whole new levels. With a capacity to accommodate up to five persons, the 2019 Mazda3 will be available either as a sedan or a hatchback.

The exterior design of the sedan and the hatchback versions of the Mazda3 are based on different design concept. With dimensions measuring 4,459 mm in length, 1,797 mm in width and 1,440 mm in height, the hatchback is based on a design concept focused on creating a solid mass with a lasting visual appeal. This allows the Mazda3 hatchback to convey a powerful yet solid presence. The hatchback is available with a new exclusive color -- Polymetal Gray.

On the other hand, the Mazda3 sedan measures 4,662 mm in length, 1,797 mm in width and 1,445 mm in height. Its design concept focused on being sleek and elegant. While it still conforms to the traditional sedan styling, the Mazda3 sedan offers a clean, sleek and sophisticated beauty that exudes both maturity and refinement. Both the hatchback and sedan versions of the new Mazda3 have a wheelbase of 2,725 mm.

Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: Next-generation of Mazda3 sedan and hatchback unveiled

Just last year, Mazda gave the 2019 CX-3 compact crossover a number of extensive upgrades. And now, they have decided to give it a minor facelift again. This time, the focus is more on improving the driver’s comfort by offering improved materials in the cabin, and a little more power under the hood. The more refined CX3 will go on sale later this spring, but Mazda will not provide us with the prices until it gets closer to launch.

Just like before, the Mazda CX-3 continues to carry Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.0 liter four cylinder. It now produces 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 148 pound feet (201 Newton metres) of torque, instead of the outgoing model with 146 horsepower (109 kilowatts) and 146 pound feet (198 Newton metres).

Mazda also says that the engine change allows for more torque throughout the rev range, better fuel economy, and less internal friction. But there are actually not enough specific numbers that will back up these claims at this time.

Read the entire article 2019 Mazda CX-3 shows revised grille, new taillights

A couple of months ago, we talked about the mutually beneficial long term partnership inked by two Japanese giant automakers, Toyota and Mazda. Later on, they revealed that this will involve the construction of a manufacturing facility located in the United States. But it is only now that they revealed where this will be built.

The Toyota-Mazda manufacturing facility will be built in Huntsville, Alabama, which is located 150 miles (241 kilometers) away from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the location of Mercedes-Benz’s plant.

To build this, both companies invested as much as $1.6 billion. The factory will employ about 4,000 people (a plan praised by the US president when he was in Tokyo), with a long-term goal of producing up to 300,000 cars annually.

Read the entire article Toyota, Mazda will build $1.6B plant in Alabama that boasts 300,000-unit annual production capacity

The fourth generation of the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car, the Mazda MX-5, was launched to the global market two years ago as the 2016 Mazda MX-5 (ND). But this early in its life cycle, the convertible sports car also known as the Miata is already getting a number of updates, as announced by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).

The 2018 Mazda Miata will still be available in three trim levels: the entry-level MX-5 Sport, the hardcore MX-5 Club and the most sophisticated of the trio, the MX-5 Grand Touring. For the 2018 model year, the three trim levels will boast of a number of design, performance and functional updates.

Design updates for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 include the availability of a new Dark Cherry and a Black soft top. Likewise, Mazda is adding new color finishes for the exterior palette of the new 2018 MX-5, such as Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica and Soul Red Crystal. Mazda MX-5 customers may also avail of the Machine Gray Metallic finish, which was previously exclusive available on MX-5 RF retractable fastback models. Inside, further MX-5 RF Launch Edition-exclusive features are now available for the MX-5 Grand Touring models, like an Auburn-colored interior and Nappa leather seating surfaces.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda MX-5 gets design, performance and functional updates

We have some good news for Mazda MX-5 Miata owners in the United Kingdom. The automaker recently announced an upgrade for the model which they call the Z-Sport model. Sales will begin on March 1 next year, but Mazda will limit production to only 300 units.

What’s included in the Z-Sport Edition, you ask? Well, it will give your good old Miata a beautiful Deep Cherry fabric roof, 17-inch black finished BBS wheels, and a Machine Grey Metallic body. The cabin will then be dressed in Sand coloured leather upholstery, and of course, the Z Sport logo will be present on the floor mats and door sills. To represent that the car is one of 300 examples only, it comes with a numbered plaque on the dashboard that displays its production number.

The Deep Cherry Red roof makes a beautiful contrast to the rest of the body’s darker paint and black wheels. The interior is a mix of two tone light beige and black that makes it look sexy. Lucky for UK customers, they get to own this stylish edition.

Read the entire article This stylish new Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Edition with a cherry fabric top is only available in the UK

At the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Japanese automaker Mazda presented the 2018 Mazda6, which made a lot of people very excited. But that was not the only vehicle that they brought over to the City of Angels. Alongside it was the updated version of the RT-24P racing coupe, and this time, the race car wears a striking red paint that, without a doubt, will catch your attention. The motorsport spec machine will also compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s 2018 season.

If you were not aware, Mazda has taken the updated RT-24P to several places in the past couple of months like Hockenheim and Donington Park. And during the LA Auto Show, it had competition livery on that uses Mazda’s eye-catching Soul Red Crystal paint.

At this moment, we cannot judge how the RT-24P will perform as a race car, but what it promises is that it will be one of the most beautiful cars on the circuit. For instance, the body has gorgeous lines that flow over the vehicle’s body, making the coupe look fast even if it is just parked. It has got an angular air scoop in exposed carbon fiber that creates a visual division with its already smooth shape. Furthermore, it comes with huge diffusers at the front and rear, which is a sign that this Mazda is race-ready.

Read the entire article 2017 LA Auto Show: Updated Mazda RT-24P Racecar will compete at Rolex 24 at Daytona this January

Mazda has brought a refreshed version of its Mazda6 sedan at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in time for its debut this Friday. In this groundbreaking update, the midsize sedan not only receives a new turbocharged engine and excitingly new exterior but it even has a cool new interior to go with it.

The new 2.5 liter turbo four delivers an output of 250 horsepower (186 kilowatt) and 310 pound feet (420Nm) of torque while the newly enhanced exterior design has borrowed inspirations from the brand’s Vision Coupe Concept previewed earlier this year. Its interior is now offered with Mazda’s Signature trims including Ultra-Suede, Sen wood, and brown Nappa leather echoing Japan’s natural landscape.

The Mazda 6’s power boost is for the new SKYACTIVE- G 2.5 T engine that runs on a dynamic pressure turbo that can engage at steady rate between 25 and 50 mph via cylinder deactivation feature.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda6 arrives at the LA Auto Show with major updates

At the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, one of the cars that will be shown is the next generation Mazda6. The Japanese manufacturer is set to debut not the concept, but the final production version of the model that has thoroughly been re-engineered.

Now, we have here the very first teaser of the Mazda6 that shows the car’s exterior. Dressed in a bold and shiny red paint, it looks like it will retain the main characteristics of the current Mazda6, such as the muscular wheel arches and short overhangs. The one difference you would notice is probably the revised front end, just like that of the refreshed CX-5. This means that Mazda6 will come with a larger radiator grille that will be surrounded with a set of more aggressive headlights.

Moving into the cabin, there will be a reshaped center console, together with new controls for the climate system. These are the only changes that we could see in the photos, but there will likely be more that we do not know of just yet.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda6 before its actual debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show

By studying today’s trend, one would notice that crossovers and small pickup trucks are what most people are looking for, and to step up its game, Mazda decided that they would develop a new version of their longstanding BT-50 pickup. According to the automaker, the next generation pickup will still share the same platform as that of the Isuzu D-Max, just like its outgoing model. But even though it has the same mechanics as the Isuzu, the design will entirely be unique to Mazda.

In an interview between WheelsMag and Ikuo Maeda, Managing Executive Officer and Head of Design, the latter confirmed that a new BT-50 is being developed. He also said that they will face a challenge by converting the Mazda’s current design direction to a much smaller pickup truck.

Speaking of the design, Mazda said that their goal for the next generation pickup is to create a beautiful form that has tougher elements to give it some masculinity as well - after saying that it will be a tough job. Also, he mentioned that the pickup will get inspiration from the Vision Coupe and the Kai concept, both of which appeared at the recent Tokyo Motor Show a week ago.

Read the entire article Mazda’s next-generation BT-50 pickup may be smaller but it will be 'manly'