The Mazda philosophy goes as follows: “If it’s not worth driving, it’s not worth building.” Mazdas goals are for better environmental performance and to minimize fuel consumption as well as emissions without compromising the vehicle driving performance. In order to achieve our goal, we started off with a fresh slate and engineered each and every component of the automobile to work together efficiently. The result of our research and development is revolutionary. You can find select MAZDA3 models equipped with SKYACTIV Technology as well as on the Mazda CX-5 and MAZDA6. In the near future SKYACTIV Technology will become standard equipment on every new Mazda vehicle. *Excludes Mazda3 i SV and all s models.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.0L and 2.5L Gasoline Engines
Currently, 95% of the world uses gasoline or diesel combustion engines, and by 2020 90% still will. In this fact we saw an enormous opportunity: While we’re developing alternatives, let’s also make the internal combustion engine more efficient right now. That way we can work towards making a big difference in fuel consumption. Our solution is the SKYACTIV®-G gasoline engine, an engineering marvel that produces more low/mid-range torque and less emissions while consuming less fuel.
The SKYACTIV-D 2.2L Twin-Turbo Diesel Engine
For the SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY goal of ultimate efficiency without compromising performance, diesel is a no-brainer: Diesel fuel holds more energy per gallon than gasoline, and diesel engines put out abundant torque to launch you off the line. But conventional diesel engines are saddled with compromises; it’s time to bring the technology into the 21st century. The SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter twin-turbo diesel is a reinvention from the molecular level. It’s not only clean, lightweight and quiet, it also generates the torque of a V8 while sipping fuel like a hybrid. Welcome to the future of the diesel engine.
The SKYACTIV-DRIVE Six-Speed Automatic Transmission
Now that we had come up with such a revolutionary engine, we needed the ultimate transmission to get all that precious energy to the wheels. How do you build that? Study every modern transmission made, take the best features of each and fire up the blender. Then, top it all off by adding a brain, A.K.A. an advanced control module. The result is the SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. It shifts smoothly for steady acceleration and quickly for the connected feel of a manual transmission, while the brain delivers precision responsiveness and reliability.
Creating a new manual transmission from scratch was no easy task. Because our existing one was already responsive and naturally fuel-efficient, our engineers needed to go to great lengths to push it to the next level—the new SKYACTIV®-MT six-speed manual transmission. We began by shortening the internal shift throw—a small detail that means everything to serious drivers who cherish the incomparable feel of a manual gearbox. We were also able to make the transmission itself smaller, which means the car’s body structure can be more efficient and therefore lighter.
The SKYACTIV-BODY & SKYACTIV-Chassis
With our SKYACTIV® Body and Chassis, we were determined to get more of that exhilarating Mazda driving feel while increasing crash safety performance and reducing weight. Through smarter engineering and materials, we were able to improve body rigidity by 30% (for better handling) and shed 220 pounds, all while improving crash safety performance. To give you more of that “oneness” between car and driver, the suspension was redesigned for greater agility at low speeds and more stability at high speeds.
Mazdas i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System
Mazda’s SKYACTIV engines work to harness maximum energy from every drop of fuel, but what’s the point if that hard-won energy is allowed to go to waste? Yet every time you slow down much of that energy is lost. Mazda engineers came up with a solution to this problem. i-ELOOP is a groundbreaking regenerative braking system that harnesses the car’s kinetic energy and converts it into electricity. This electricity is used to power your car’s electronics—a job that used to fall to the engine. Now, every time you slow down, you charge up. The result: around approximately five percent better fuel economy, and your engine is freed up for more exciting tasks.
New Solutions for Others to Follow
“Mazda tweaked the heck out of internal-combustion processes that have been in place for more than 100 years, coming up with solutions that make you wonder why no one else has done this stuff.”
Source: AutoWeek.com – Aug 2011
More Efficient and Fun to Drive
“Mazda is to be congratulated for bumping mileage up and still making cars that are fun to drive.”
Source: AutoWeek.com – Oct 2011
“Everything is new — all-new gasoline engines and diesel engines, all-new manual and automatic transmissions, and an all-new, lighter modular vehicle platform.”
Source: Edmunds.com / InsideLine.com | Aug 2011
Efficiency That’s Fun to Drive
“The idea is to build lighter, more efficient cars that get better mpg, yet are still fun to drive…”
Source: Edmunds.com / InsideLine.com | Oct 2011