It hasn’t been to long since Mazda unveiled its SKYACTIV vehicle technology but soon enough, its high efficiency engine line up will be produced in even greater numbers. Built globally, the current output for the engine family is 400,000 units and in October, that number will double. Not exclusive to the U.S. spec 3 and CX-5, Mazda puts a Skyactiv engine in the Japanese spec Demio while European CX-5s get a diesel variant. Each offering brings to the table efficiency, power and simplicity and each one is proving rather popular.
“Mazda3 has always been a stellar performer and when coupled with CX-5, more than 55 percent of sales in June consisted of SKYACTIV vehicles,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. The move to increase engine production to 800,000 before year’s end was done for a few reasons. Not only is demand for vehicles such as the 3 and CX-5 jumping up, Mazda is hoping to increase its model line’s fuel efficiency 30 percent by 2015. When the all-new 2014 Mazda 6 hits the streets early next year, it will be the next U.S. offering to feature a Skyactiv engine.
“SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY works; it is not an empty marketing promise,” said O’Sullivan.
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