During a recent presentation in Berlin, Mazda's head of product planning and powertrain development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, spoke of the benefits of the Sky engine design. Automotive News reports that Mazda's powertrain guru is confident that:
If the upcoming Mazda3 can hit 40 miles per gallon, then it would match the projected EPA highway rating of the manual-equipped Chevrolet Cruze Eco and would beat the current Mazda3's fuel economy numbers of 33 mpg. Additionally, at 40 mpg, the Mazda3 would smoke the Honda CR-Z hybrid, thus giving credence to the company's "hybridlike fuel economy" claim.The next Mazda3, due in about 2015, would get an estimated 40 mpg on the highway with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Sky-G engine teamed with a Sky-Drive six-speed automatic.
[Source: Automotive News -– sub. req.]