IRVINE, Calif., – Mazda Corporation has announced that production of SKYACTIV engines will double in October. Current production is 400,000 units for global distribution; production will increase to 800,000 units. In North America, the 2012 Mazda3 and 2013 CX-5 feature SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engines. In other markets, the SKYACTIV-D engine is available on Mazda2 and CX-5 vehicles. SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is the brand’s proprietary engineering and development of fuel-efficient, performance-oriented vehicles as a result of lightweight and redesigned engines, transmission, chassis and body structures.
With SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY at the forefront of the brand’s evolution, by 2015 Mazda plans to increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent (when compared to 2008 figures) for all its vehicles offered globally. This will correspond to a 23 percent reduction in fuel consumption and subsequently lower CO2 output. In the U.S., the refreshed 2012 Mazda3 with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY was launched in the fall of 2011 followed by the all-new 2013 CX-5 in February. The all-new 2014 Mazda6 will be the next vehicle to feature SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and is expected to go on sale early next year.
“The addition of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY into our U.S. lineup has only further bolstered Mazda’s sales and reputation within the industry and, most importantly, among consumers,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “Mazda3 has always been a stellar performer and when coupled with CX-5, more than 55 percent ofin June consisted of SKYACTIV vehicles. SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY works; it is not an empty marketing promise. The awards on safety, design and engineering are testament to that, and something we all are very proud of.”
Source: PRNewswire / Mazda