Big things lie ahead for Mazda in the coming years
Mazda Motor Corporation just announced their long-term to commitment to new and sustainable technology applications through their “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030”. Extending their original “Zoom-Zoom” philosophy since 2007, part of this vision is the company’s plans to introduce their next-generation engine called SKYACTIV-X, the world’s first gasoline engine to use compression ignition, in 2019.
Sustainability is a big part of this vision, with “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” aimed to create a future where people and cars coexist with little impact on the environment. This includes expanding measures for carbon dioxide reduction throughout the entire life cycle of a vehicle, as well as increasing efficiency in engine combustion to affect future vehicles. A 90% reduction on emissions across the Mazda lineup is a goal set for 2050, as well as the start of more efforts in electric and alternative powered vehicles by 2019. Mazda will also continue to create safe and dynamic driving experiences through the Proactive Safety program and promotion of their i-Activsesne passive and active safety suite. Autonomous technologies and the human-centered Mazda Co-Pilot Concept are also being developed, with a launch slated for 2020, with Mazda hoping to make it standard on all vehicles by 2025.
The new SKYACTIV-X engine will be using compression ignition, in which the fuel-air mixture spontaneously ignites when compressed by the piston. A proprietary combustion method called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition overcomes two issues that had impeded commercialization of compression ignition gasoline engines: maximizing the zone in which compression ignition is possible, and achieving seamless transition between compression ignition and spark ignition. This technology combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel engines, achieving power and performance, while reducing environmental impact. When combined with a supercharger, Mazda predicts a 20-30% increase of torque over the existing SKYACTIV-G, and, because of a leaner burn, a 20-30% improvement in engine efficiency. SKYACTIV-X also allows a wide range of RPMs and engine loads, resulting in a more efficient set of gear rations for economy and driving performance.