The fruits of Mazda’s extensive research and development are finally coming into light. According to Mazda Dealers AZ, the automaker has been working on a suite of technologies under its new SKYACTIV moniker, and that technology will arrive in showrooms soon on the updated Mazda3.
Several years ago, Mazda challenged itself to improve its fleet-wide fuel efficiency by 30 percent by 2015. To accomplish this feat, the automaker developed the SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine and SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission, both of which are making their debut amid the Mazda3′s mid-cycle refresh.
“From a technical standpoint, SKYACTIV is a hard story to tell, because it’s a detailed story to tell,” said Robert T. Davis, Mazda North America’s Senior Vice President for Quality, Research and Development.. “The primary SKYACTIV message to consumers will be about engines and transmissions. But it also concerns aerodynamics, body structure, suspension, even the manufacturing process.”
The engine’s increased compressions ratio improves efficiency, and Mazda also employed other techniques to counteract the adverse “knocking” that’s associated with increased compression. These measures include reducing weight and mechanical friction inside the engine.
Cleveland Mazda Dealership said that Mazda will eventuallyintroduce other advanced technologies to boost MPG even further. Expect to see dle-stop, regenerative braking and hybrid systems in the Mazda lineup after initial SKYACTIVE technologies have been rolled out.