New York, New York – Mazda will launch its all-new SKY Concept gasoline and diesel powertrains to the U.S. market in 2011 and 2012. The company made the announcement at the New York International Auto Show.

“By launching our SKY technologies into the global marketplace, beginning in 2011, we will take a huge step toward accomplishing our stated goal of achieving a 30 per cent improvement in global fuel economy by 2015,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, president and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation.

The first introduction will be the SKY-G, Mazda’s next-generation gasoline engine, which will be the core powertrain in future Mazda vehicles. Anticipated to arrive in 2011, it is expected to boost fuel efficiency by approximately 15 per cent while also increasing engine power.

Mazda intends to carry out the global launch of the SKY-G engine mated to the SKY-Drive transmission in the U.S. market in 2011, and then roll out the all-new powertrain to global markets. The new automatic SKY-Drive transmission achieves a direct-performance fuel similar to that of a dual-clutch transmission, and is expected to improve fuel economy by an additional five per cent. The SKY-Drive will be released in the U.S. in 2012.

The company plans to incorporate the SKY-D engine into its next-generation midsize diesel car, allowing highway fuel economy better than that of today’s midsize hybrids, and a fuel efficiency improvement of 20 per cent over Mazda’s current 2.2-litre diesel. When launched in the U.S., it will meet strict Tier 2 BIN 5 regulations, and because of Mazda’s proprietary catalyst technology, does not require urea treatment to meet North American emissions standards.

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