Mazda to unveil Mazda3 CNG Concept at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on October 28, 2013

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.

Temptation. One glance at the brand-new Mazda 3 immediately livens the soul, taking hold of the observer before tightening its grip. It attracts one in, getting under the skin. A connection has been produced, sowing the seeds of a long-lasting relationship.

Behind this attraction is the "KODO - Soul of Motion" design theme. Motivated by the magnificence and energy of nature, Mazda created KODO to take its unique feeling of vitality and deftness above and beyond - for an unshakeable new generation of vehicles that basically asks to be driven.

Capturing emotions

Always admired and always uniquely Mazda, the most recent Mazda 3 nevertheless denotes a renaissance of sorts. Mazda has concocted a genuinely passionate declaration of dynamic movement, revolutionizing KODO's audacity for the strong, fiery C-segment proportions.

Like earlier KODO models, the brand-new Mazda 3 highlights a rigid position improved by the compact looking, rear-leaning cabin. Lower and broader than the present model, the vehicle’s raked profile, rising drastically towards the rear and reinforced by the strikingly flared fenders and huge sporty aluminum wheels at the corners, delivers deftness and potency. Furthermore, it becomes the quintessential Mazda off-the-line power.

Press Release


Mazda will showcase the recently launched Mazda3 with a variety of engine types at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The latest model is now offered as a 'multi-solution' in response to diversifying fuel types. Beside news on the already released SKYACTIV gasoline, hybrid (for Japan) and diesel-engine models, the Japanese carmaker presents for the first time a Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept, which runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Alongside new-generation models, the displays show Mazda's most recent technologies and hint at the direction of future models. The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public on November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight.*

The Mazda3 is a core model in the Mazda line-up accounting for more than thirty per cent of the company's global sales volume, and it is the third of Mazda's new generation vehicles to be completely redesigned. Mazda is proposing the new Mazda3 as a 'multi-solution.' Capable of using a diverse range of energy sources, every model still offers Mazda's trademark fun-to-drive experience. Furthermore, regardless of fuel-type, all models in the Mazda3 line-up feature SKYACTIV engines - a testament to the versatility of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

Based on an increasing demand for CNG-powered vehicles, the SKYACTIV-CNG Concept adopts a dual fuel system that runs on both gasoline and CNG. Since CNG engines burn fuel at high pressure and the SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine already achieves a high compression ratio it can easily be modified for CNG with only minor modifications.

Vehicles with CNG engines reduce emissions by about 20 per cent compared to those with gasoline engines of the same displacement.

The SKYACTIV-HYBRID models - on sale only for Japan - pair an electric motor with a specially-designed 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine. It realizes both exhilarating driving performance and outstanding fuel economy performance.

Also on stage in Tokyo is the Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) ASV-5 which is equipped with futuristic safety systems. In a world-first, one of these systems enables automobiles with an in-car autonomous sensor to communicate with streetcars, helping to prevent collisions and support a smooth and safe flow of traffic.

Lists of exhibits

Reference exhibits:
Mazda3 Sport SKYACTIV-D 2.2 [2 units] On sale Jan 2014
Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept World premiere
Special Edition Mazda Demio (Mazda2) On sale Dec 2013
Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle)

Currently available models: Mazda3 Sport (SKYACTIV-G 2.0 & 1.5) [3 units]; Mazda3 Hybrid (SKYACTIV-HYBRID) [2 units]; Mazda Atenza Sedan and Wagon (Mazda6) [2units]; Mazda CX-5 [2 units]; Mazda Premacy (Mazda5); Mazda Biante Granz (special needs vehicle); Mazda Roadster (MX-5); and Mazda Flairwagon Custom micro-mini

Technology exhibits: Interior model of the all-new Mazda3, SKYACTIV-HYBRID engine model, SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine model, etc.

In addition to the above, Mazda will also participate in the SMART MOBILITY CITY 2013 exhibition organized by the SMART MOBILITY CITY 2013 executive committee and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

* Press days are November 20 and 21, 2013. Mazda will hold a press conference at 11:15 a.m. on November 20, 2013.

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