SkyActiv: First Look
SKYACTIV is a system based on efficiency: efficient engines, smart transmissions, effortless chassis and streamlined and superior car body technology. And for a company that has recently been hitting the headlines for alarming reasons, Mazda is definitely turning up the heat in auto manufacturing technology. So what exactly is this technology?
Number One in Fuel Efficiency
It’s common knowledge that fuel prices are at an all-time high; these days, you can barely cover 40miles per gallon on the road. Mazda is aware of this, and is doing its part in helping car owners save when it comes to gas pump prices. A lot of car manufactures have introduced fuel-efficient sedans and hatchbacks. However, Mazda is blazing the trail with its SKYACTIV technology. It encompasses original body frames, redesigned pistons, all designed to improve the vehicle’s fuel use, making it viably competitive when compared to other hybrids. Mazda intends to boost fuel efficiency of all of its vehicles by 30% using SKYACTIV technology, which will see its debut with the Mazda2.
Mazda has a few things lined up in conjunction with this technology:
Use of Lighter Materials to build a lighter body: the SkyActiv body will be built from steel that is both lighter (8%) and stronger (30%). This will subsequently reduce vehicle weight by 14% and allow for a better transmission system.
Use of New Engines: SkyActiv engines will be categorized “SkyActive G” for gas engines and “SkyActive D” for diesel engines. Both having at least 40% power efficiency rating.
An adaptable chassis: this platform will likely form the backbone of everything, from next generation Mazda3 to the very light MX-5, giving the vehicles improved handling capabilities.
This isn’t your ordinary diesel engine. Mazda engineers have broken new technological ground in creating the world’s lowest diesel-engine compression ratio of 14.0:1, achieving a further weight reduction. There has also been a reduction of piston weight by an amazing 25%, while cylinders are a lighter aluminum instead of the usual cast iron. SKYACTIV D technology not only eliminates critical roadblocks to low compression ratio diesels, but it also does this while realizing 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to current diesel engines in most cars today. As an added bonus, vehicles fitted with this technology will cost about the same price as cars in the current market.