Mazda doubling production of SKYACTIV engines
Mazda has announced that they plan to double SKYACTIV engine production from the current 400,000 units for global distribution to 800,000 units in October and is tooling factories to make this happen. With this taking the role as the flagship for their efforts to increase fuel efficiency by 30% by 2015 for all of their vehicles, globally.
Currently, the 2012 Mazda3 and 2013 CX-5 in the United States feature SKYACTIV technology and the upcoming 2014 Mazda6 will be the next vehicle in this market to see it added. The 30% global goal will correspond with a 23% fuel consumption drop in the U.S. and the lower CO2 output that goes with that.
In June, more than 55% of Mazda's total U.S. sales were in vehicles that included SKYACTIV technology and the company wants to see that grow, says Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. This increase in sales will be spearheaded by the CX-5 with its best-in-class fuel economy.
The SKYACTIV system consists of a re-think of the entire vehicle. This starts with engines, including the SKYACTIV-G and -D lines (for gasoline and diesel respectively) coupled to SKYACTIV-DRIVE and -MT transmissions all nestled in a SKYACTIV-BODY riding on a SKYACTIV-CHASSIS.