Performance like you’ve never known
Driving enjoyment is essential to Mazda. It’s in our DNA, and every car we make. But we’re also committed to reducing environmental impact as much as possible. It’s a tough challenge, but it led us to a breakthrough – SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.
Wherever more efficiency could be unlocked, we’ve done so. Engines create more power, yet use less fuel. Transmissions have less friction and are smaller and lighter. High tensile steel dramatically cuts body weight to improve handling and economy, but safety isn’t compromised. Closely optimised aerodynamics boost efficiency and performance.
SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is a blanket term for Mazda’s innovative new-generation technologies that are being developed under the company’s long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom. The SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY name is intended to reflect Mazda’s desire to provide driving pleasure as well as outstanding environmental and safety performance in its vehicles. To achieve this goal, Mazda has implemented an internal Building Block Strategy to be completed by 2015. This ambitious strategy involves the comprehensive optimization of Mazda’s base technologies, which determine the core performance of its vehicles, and the progressive introduction of electric devices such as regenerative braking and a hybrid system. All the technologies that are developed based on the Building Block Strategy will fall under the SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY umbrella.
Highly efficient engines developed in pursuit of the ideal combustion
The development of automotive mechanisms for engines has a history going back more than 120 years and has involved the work of countless engineers. For this reason we tend to find it difficult to think that any further improvement in performance is possible. But the fact remains that 70 to 80 percent of the energy contained in fuel is lost within a vehicle’s power train and fails to be transferred as motive power to its wheels.
Many of today’s automakers are working on engine refinement by making engines smaller and various other methods. One of Mazda’s recent developments towards an ideal engine configuration is the Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine, which offers the combined advantages of both gasoline and diesel engines. In commercializing the rotary engine and through other remarkable technical achievements, Mazda has a history of making the seemingly impossible possible. Now, we have taken on the challenge of pursuing ideal combustion.
Vehicle transmissions are not only extremely important for improving fuel economy, they also exert a major influence on driving performance. The performance demands on automatic transmissions vary greatly depending on the market, and since there is not a single transmission in existence that satisfies all these varied demands, automakers deploy a variety of systems, each matched to a particular market. Employing the world’s most commonly-used combination – a torque converter and stepped automatic transmission – as the basic structure, and by using technology that substantially reduces slip in starting devices, Mazda has brought together the benefits of each system and developed a highly efficient automatic transmission with a substantially direct drive feel that will be perfectly suited to conditions in numerous global markets.
Highly efficient transmissions developed in pursuit of the ideal transmission
Highly rigid body and chassis that achieve outstanding crash safety performance through comprehensive weight reduction technology.
Mazda has always put the highest priority on offering driving pleasure, and is therefore strongly focused on weight. Reducing vehicle weight does not simply boost fuel economy; combined with the innovative engines, it complements the engine’s performance potential, and vastly improves the vehicle’s core performance attributes when driving, turning and stopping. To gain maximum benefit from the complete redesign of its base technologies, Mazda also set itself the challenge of reducing the weight of its vehicles by approximately 100 kilograms through a process of “comprehensive weight reduction,” which was focused mainly on the next-generation body and chassis. This all-inclusive process aimed to achieve a lightweight and highly-rigid body with excellent crash safety performance by pursuing an ideal body structure, adopting new production technologies and substituting new materials.