The Joy Of Driving: Mazda’s SkyActiv Technology

According to Russell Wager, Mazda’s CMO in the U.S, Mazda’s SkyActiv technology is like a certain vegetable. “Once you start peeling the onion away, it’s a pleasant surprise.” What happens when people get to the core? “Their propensity to put the brand on their shopping lists increases dramatically.”

So, what is the SkyActiv technology? It’s really a combination of elements, all combined to put Mazda on the leading-edge of automotive technology.

Mazda's Skyactiv technology

The best part about Mazda’s Skyactiv technology is that you don’t have to drive the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Global Cup Car to enjoy it.

ENGINES
Mazda’s goal is “ideal combustion.” In this pursuit, they’ve developed the SkyActiv-G, a gasoline engine that features the world’s highest compression ratio. 

TRANSMISSIONS
The SkyActiv Drive is a transmission with a “substantially direct drive feel.” It employs the classic combination of “a torque converter and stepped automatic transmission.” 

PLATFORM
The SkyActiv body and SkyActiv chassis achieve the seemingly impossible goal of weight reduction–which enhances fuel economy–while maintaining the needed rigidity to prove successful in crash tests.

SkyActiv is something that grew out of Mazda’s philosophy of creating better fuel economy without sacrificing an enjoyable driving experience.  Test it out for yourself here at Bakersfield Mazda!

MX-5 Miata’s SkyActiv Engine Arrives for US Market

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is known for its spunky ride. Now, the popular entry-level sports car is about to get a whole lot spunkier. Mazda recently announced that the next-generation 2016 MX-5 Miata will be receiving a SkyActiv 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission in the United States, while the rest of the globe will have a 1.5-liter engine.

Miata’s SkyActiv Engine

Miata’s SkyActiv Engine will be a 2.0-liter one here in the US.

Though Mazda has yet to release any information regarding the horsepower and torque of the Miata’s SkyActiv engine, if we look at the current Mazda3, which has the same engine, we can have a good guess at the power. Currently, the 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine produces 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque for the Mazda3, which is a bit lower than the 2015 Miata’s 167 horsepower. Mazda has confirmed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, though, that the SkyActiv drive train has been tweaked a bit, so the next-generation MX-5 is sure to be just as spunky as the current model.

While the 2016 Miata MX-5 won’t be arriving on dealer lots for quite some time, you can still come in to Bakersfield Mazda to test drive the current model! Stop in today and see what this feisty sports car has to offer.

Mazda Scores More Fleet Sales with Efficiency of SKYACTIV Technology

If you operate a fleet of vehicles, one major concern is fuel costs. Having a fuel-efficient fleet can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. With Mazda’s impressive fuel-efficient SKYACTIV Technology, it is capturing a larger part of the fleet industry every year.

Mazda reports that year-over-year fleet sales in the UK have risen 80 percent for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Chris Stableford, Mazda’s UK fleet sales manager, said at a Fleet Show in Silvertone, UK, “Fleet operators and company car drivers are looking to save money and Skyactiv technology in the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 enables them to do just that.”

SKYACTIV technology combines lightweight materials, aerodynamics, and fuel-efficient engines to create a vehicle that is not only efficient, but is fun to drive, too.

Whether you’re looking to fill a fleet or just looking for your next ride, visit us at Bakersfield Mazda and we’ll show you why Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology gives you the best car possible.

Mazda’s Next Generation of SkyActiv Engines Even Greener

Currently, Mazda produces some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, and it doesn’t have a single hybrid or electric vehicle in its lineup. What it does have, however, is SkyActiv Technology. This collection of fuel-saving features is going to get even better with the next generation of SkyActiv engines.

Skyactiv Engines

Mazda says the new SkyActiv Engines won’t be available until 2020. Will the Mazda cars of the future look anything like this 2014 CX-5?

According to an interview with Autocar, Mazda says the future technology, known as SkyActiv-G Generation 2, could be as much as 30 percent more efficient than its current design and may produce fewer CO2 emissions than electric cars.

You might be thinking, “How can a gasoline-powered car emit less CO2 than an electric car with no emissions?” Well, you have to remember that the electricity needed to power an electric car has to come from somewhere. And, most power companies emit CO2 while producing electricity. The phrase “well-to-wheel” takes into consideration emissions from the entire lifecycle of a vehicle.

Mazda’s new engine will achieve this efficiency by using something called homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI), which has a high compression ratio of 18:1. This makes the gasoline engine work in a similar way to a diesel engine by using piston compression instead of a spark plug.

When will these new engines come out? Mazda says we will most likely see them before 2020. Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we’ll be on the lookout for more information, so check back again for any updates.