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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

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

Mazda now offering Black Edition and White Edition Mazda2

Mazda has commenced sales of two new special edition 5-door Mazda2 models -- the Black Edition and White Edition -- on January, 1 2015 at £12,145 on-the-road. The Black Edition and White Edition do not only offers engaging driving dynamics, but also boasts of sporting styling cues and a package of distinct specification features.

Mazda UK Sales Director Peter Allibon remarked that the Mazda2 Black Edition and White Edition represent a “last chance” for their customers to get their hands on a unique version of the current 5-door Mazda2.

He added that the latest special edition models come with bespoke exterior and interior styling with a lavish standard equipment specification, which means individuality and outstanding value for money.

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Mazda has disclosed the pricing and specifications for its all-new 2015 Mazda2 in the United Kingdom. The Mazda2 will be available in 12 petrol and four diesel variants, with pricing ranging from £11,995 to £17,395 on-the-road (OTR). The B-segment model now boasts a dynamic yet muscular cab-rearward design that features a longer wheelbase with smaller overhangs, paving way for maximized interior space – thanks to the 'KODO-Soul of Motion' design philosophy.

It also boasts of the signature 'wing' front grille and predatory headlamp styling. Inside, one could easily feel the extra shoulder and knee room as well as the enhanced improved seat comfort, coherent instrumentation and switchgear, and superior ergonomics.

The new Mazda2 could be availed in five grades -- SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav – which mean that customers could benefit a premium interior finish that suits their tastes and budgets. This also means that all-new Mazda2's cabin does not only have a user-friendly layout, but also a level of cutting-edge technology.

Read the entire article UK pricing for new 2015 Mazda2 starts at £11,995 OTR

Mazda announced that its recently unveiled 2015 Mazda2 just won the Japan’s Car of the Year award. According to the press release, it was a hard ‘battle’ between the Mazda2 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but the Japanese hatchback managed to win the award by 19 votes. BMW i3 took the third place, while the Subaru Levorg finished 4th, ahead of the Suzuki Hustler.

“With the Mazda2, we have rewritten the rule book for compact cars. Our new Skyactiv technology, excellent mileage, reasonable pricing and unique design all contributed to our victory today,” commented Mazda’s EVP, Kiyoshi Fujiwara.

Moreover, the BMW i3 won the ‘Innovation Award’, while the Honda N-WGN received the ‘Small Mobility Award’.

Read the entire article 2015 Mazda2/Demio receives the Car of the Year Japan award

Mazda Motor Corp. admits that its Mazda2 hatchback has been sitting near the bottom of the subcompact car sales ranking in the United States so far this year. In fact, four of the top five subcompacts in the US are not Japanese cars anymore.

The current Mazda2 posted a 55-percent jump in sales in the first eight months of 2014 to 11,112 units, but is only good for 11th place in the US subcompact segment. Mazda hopes to change that soon with a redesign of the Mazda2 hatchback that will be rolled out in the US in 2015. After all, Mazda’s offering features its Skyactiv drivetrain, body and chassis technologies.

According to chief engineer Ayumu Doi, what will distinguish the new Mazda2 from other subcompacts are its improved drivetrain and sportier design as well as a more premium interior. He remarked that Mazda is aiming for an “upscale” in terms of quality feel."

Read the entire article 2015 Mazda2 aims to boost US subcompact sales and rankings for the Japanese company

Mazda Motor Corp. has commenced production of the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Hofu, Japan and has even released the first images of the production model. Based on the images, the fourth-generation Mazda2 – called Demio in Japan -- carries the sharp creases and sportier stance of the brand’s new Kodo design language.

Mazda will start selling the subcompact in Japan in the fall and in the United States in 2015. It features the full suite of Mazda’s Skyactiv technologies, like new engines, transmissions, body, and chassis. It is the fourth Mazda nameplate to get the Skyactiv makeover, following the CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 and Mazda3 sedans.

The US-bound Mazda2 is expected to be built at Mazda’s new Salamanca factory, Mexico, which the carmaker opened earlier this year. Supplemental volume for the US market may also be sourced from Japan, although the carmaker has yet to release details of its sourcing plans.

Read the entire article Mazda starts production of 2015 Mazda2/Demio in Japan

The first images with the 2015 Mazda2/ Mazda Demio emerged today on the web ahead of its official debut. Clearly inspired by the Hazumi Concept that was revealed back in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new 2015 Mazda2 known as Demio in Japan shows much of the styling details except the futuristic elements, of course.

The interior is simple but stylish, dominated by the three-spoke steering wheels and by a touchscreen that can also be controlled through the rotary button located next to the handbrake lever.

Under the hood, we expect to find the 1.5-liter petrol engine that generates 99 hp, but also a new 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D diesel that develops 104 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. The engines will be offered with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Read the entire article Leaked: 2015 Mazda2/Demio shows its new face

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.

Read the entire article New Toyota subcompact to feature Mazda’s Skyactiv engine

Mazda teased the Hazumi Concept ahead of 2014 Geneva Motor Show but he ‘naughty’ car appeared today on the web. Featuring aggressively designed headlamps, stylish design lines on the side, a rear roof spoiler and big 5-spoke alloy wheels. The new concept car is believed to preview the next Mazda2 subcompact and looking at the concept we might see an interesting city car on the market.

According to Mazda, ‘Hazumi’ means ‘spring up’ or ‘bound’ in Japanese. Moreover, the Japanese carmaker says that the Hazumi concept is “particularly well-suited to a small car that appears to be bursting with energy”.

At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Mazda will also bring its new 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine but for the moment there are no details if this new power plant will be found on the upcoming Mazda2.

Read the entire article Leaked: Mazda Hazumi Concept shows up, previews next Mazda2?

It appears that the latest trend is the small SUV segment and just like the other carmakers Mazda wants in this game. As a result, the Japanese company will introduce later this year a Mazda2-based crossover. Taking on its Japanese rival Honda Vezel, the new Mazda2-based crossover will be slotted below the Mazda CX-5 and will be initially sold in Japan.

Still, we expect to see this car also in Europe but especially on the emerging markets. Moreover, the new crossover will also get Mazda2’s new design as this will be introduced this summer. Asked about all these information, Mazda declined to comment, calling them speculative. The new crossover is expected to cost around 1.5 million yen and 2.0 million yen ($15,000-$20,000), according to Nikkei.

Furthermore, Mazda is also planning to expand its crossover line to three vehicles in Japan, with the new mid-sized CX-9 crossover. This vehicle is expected to receive a redesign and will arrive in Japan somewhere in 2015.

Read the entire article Mazda2-based crossover will debut later this year

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.

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Mazda Motor Corp.’s famous rotary engine is back, now in the form of a range extender for a prototype of a Mazda hybrid hatchback. The hybrid prototype operates as an electric vehicle, with an electric motor powering the wheels. When the charge of the lithium ion battery goes low, a gasoline-powered 0.33-liter rotary engine placed in the rear will generate power to recharge it.

This powertrain – called by Mazda as RE Range Extender, short for Rotary Engine Range Extender -- is similar to the one installed in the Chevrolet Volt, which is also an extended-range hybrid. The unveiling of the prototype in Yokohama came weeks after chief executive Masamichi Kogai said that they have no plans for a production car powered by rotary engines.

Kogai remarked then that sales would have to reach 100,000 units annually to justify a commercial revival of the rotary engine. He, however, admitted that Mazda engineers continued to work on the rotary engine technology – resulting to modified range-extender Mazda2. The Mazda2 hybrid might help the carmaker comply with California’s strict zero emissions requirements, according to Takashi Suzuki, program manager for advanced powertrain development.

Read the entire article Mazda revives rotary engine in Mazda2 hybrid

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.

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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

Mazda has unveiled a special edition of the Mazda2 in celebration of the arrival of the spring season. The special version of the Mazda2, the company’s best-selling model in the United Kingdom, is dubbed the ‘Venture Edition’ and has an on-the-road selling price of only £12,995. The new Venture Edition, based on the five-door hatchback Tamura model, features a striking combination of advanced technology and a premium cabin ambience.

The Venture Edition features a number of new equipment including Sanyo TomTom navigation system that comes with a 5.8-inch touch screen, integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit, electric rear windows and climate control air-conditioning. On the outside, the Venture Edition dons 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, front fog lamps, sports styling kit, a rear bumper sports trim and privacy glass.

The company will just produce 1,500 Venture Editions, all of which are available in six special exterior finishes, including two unique for this model.

Read the entire article Mazda2 Venture Edition arrives in UK this spring with price tag of £12,995

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

The first electric vehicle from Mazda is set to arrive in the United States by 2018. That’s right folks, an electric Mazda2 subcompact will debut in the U.S. within 6 years. The new Mazda2 EV, also known as the Demio EV in Japan, uses lithium ion batteries and has a range of 124 miles (200 km) on a full charge and has a top speed of 87 mph or 140 km/h.

Still, Mazda’s Chief Engineer Mitsuru Fujinaka said that the company will try to do it earlier, but the good news is that sooner or later we will see these electric vehicles.

For those who don’t know, Mazda has lagged in developing expensive electric and hybrid vehicles, as the company focused its r&d budget on overhauling its internal combustion engine lineup. Apparently, this is a less costly approach to achieving better fuel economy.

Read the entire article Mazda2 electric car will arrive in the United States by 2018