Mazda today announced its long-term strategy entitled “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” for future technology development, ahead of the year 2030. As part of the new technology to achieve this vision, the company disclosed plans to introduce a next-generation engine called SKYACTIV-X in 2019. SKYACTIV-X will be the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition.
Under the original “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” vision announced in 2007, the company has striven to offer both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance. In light of the rapid changes taking place in the automotive industry, the new vision takes a longer-term perspective and sets out how Mazda will use driving pleasure, the fundamental appeal of the automobile, to help solve issues facing people, the earth and society.
In an overview of the Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 and development of the next-gereration engine, Mazda believes its mission is to bring about a beautiful earth and to enrich people’s lives as well as society. The company will continue to seek ways to inspire people through the value found in cars. Additionally, Through conservation initiatives, create a sustainable future in which people and cars coexist with a bountiful, beautiful earth.
To sustain the environment, Mazda is striving to expand measures for carbon dioxide reduction from a “well-to-wheel” perspective, considering emissions over the vehicle’s entire life cycle. The company further 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. To achieve its goal, they come up with a policy to prioritize efficiency improvements and advocate measures for cleaner emissions. In line with this policy, continue efforts to perfect the internal combustion engine, which will help power the majority of cars worldwide for many years to come and can therefore make the greatest contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and combine the results with effective electrification technologies.
From 2019, Mazda plans to start introducing electric vehicles and other electric drive technologies in regions that use a high ratio of clean energy for power generation or restrict certain vehicles to reduce air pollution.
In advocating safety and peace-of-mind in Society, Mazda intends to create a system that enriches people’s lives by offering unrestricted mobility to people everywhere. The objectives include develop more advanced safety technologies, enhance safety fundamentals, promote further standardization of i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features, Begin testing of autonomous driving technologies and create more connecivity technologies. Autonomous driving is currently being developed in line with Mazda’s human-centered Mazda Co-Pilot Concept in 2020, Mazda aims to make the system standard on all models by 2025.
Customer-oriented approach has always been a core value at Mazda. As always, Mazda pursues an enhanced Jinba-ittai driving feel that will unlock people’s potential and revitalize them mentally and physically. Based on the philosophy of “breathing life into the car,” further develop KODO design to raise vehicle design to the level of art that enriches the emotional lives of all.
The SKYACTIV-X next-generation engine
SKYACTIV-X is the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition, in which the fuel-air mixture ignites spontaneously 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 a seamless transition between compression ignition and spark ignition.
This new proprietary combustion engine combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel engines to achieve outstanding environmental performance, power and acceleration performance. Compression ignition and a supercharger fitted to improve fuel economy together deliver unprecedented engine response and increase torque 10 – 30 percent over the current SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine.
In addition, compression ignition makes possible a super lean burn4 that improves engine efficiency up to 20 – 30 percent over the current SKYACTIV-G, and from 35 – 45 percent over Mazda’s 2008 gasoline engine of the same displacement. SKYACTIV-X even equals or exceeds the latest SKYACTIV-D diesel engine in fuel efficiency. With high efficiency across a wide range of rpms and engine loads, the engine allows much more latitude in the selection of gear ratios, providing both superior fuel economy and driving performance.