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Mazda Motor: Launches next-gen gasoline engine SKYACTIV-X, new vehicle body design

Automaker: Technology Strategy Mazda Motor announced its technology development outlook from 2019 in October 2018. It is based on the automaker’s long-term vision “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” which was released in 2017.

“Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030”

Mazda aims to reduce corporate average “well-to-wheel” carbon dioxide emissions to 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030, and achieve a 90-percent reduction by 2050. In line with this policy, Mazda intends to continue efforts to perfect internal combustion engine technology and focus on electrification technologies which can complement internal combustion engines. By 2030, all Mazda models are planned to be fitted with electrification technology. In addition, Mazda is offering new vehicle value by connecting drivers and automobiles through connectivity technology.

Internal combustion engine

Although Mazda is engaging in BEV development, the automaker deems that internal combustion engine-based vehicles, such as MHEVs, HEVs, and PHEVs, will remain mainstream products. For this reason, the automaker is continuing the improvement of the SKYACTIV-G and SKYACTIV-D engines. The second-gen of the gasoline version called SKYACTIV-X is scheduled to be released in 2019. The fully-redesigned Mazda3 (sold as the Axela in Japan) is planned to become the first model to be powered by the new engine gradually followed by other core models in the future.
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