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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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