• Aug 1st 2011 at 10:52AM
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Mazda is banking on its SkyActiv technology to win the efficiency war against plug-in and hybrid vehicles and so will equip the 2012 Mazda3 with at least two forms of it fuel-saving tech for its before-March-2012 North American launch, according to the Nikkei.

First up is the SkyActiv-G – a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. The direct-injected unit is tentatively rated at 40 miles per gallon on the highway in the Mazda3 and cranks out 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.

Next in the SkyActiv suite of technologies is a choice of two transmissions: a six-speed manual or automatic. SkyActiv-Drive is the name for the auto trans, which Mazda says marries a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a dual clutch trans (DCT). The row-your-own gearbox, called the SkyActiv-MT, seems to be conventional in its design.

The 2012 Mazda3, with its fuel-sipping engine and more-efficient transmissions, is expected to offer a 30-percent bump in fuel economy, compared to the outgoing 2011 Mazda3. Now, all that's left is to wait several months for Mazda's 2012 compact to show its face at U.S. dealerships – and to see when Mazda embraces a bit of electrification.


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  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
  • 2012 Mazda3: New York 2011
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[Source: Nikkei (sub. req.) via Green Car Congress]


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      guyverfanboy
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope there will be a Skyactiv diesel option too...
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's a completely conventional, poor aerodynamics, high weight, all steel car with only a combustion engine burning fossil fuel. not green at all. skyaktiv is a bs pr term to distract from the fact that it's a coal black product.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        It'll sell great here then :)
        mylexicon
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        You are right, of course. Trees and plants need CO2 to live. This car produces less CO2. It is a planet raper. Nyuk nyuk nyuk
      Ford Future
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anybody can put in a tall rear axle ratio. What about CITY Mileage.
      alan
      • 4 Years Ago
      For all the hype SkyActiv is receiving, 40 MPG is nothing out of the ordinary these days. It's beginning to look more like a marketing tool.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Years Ago
        @alan
        Yeah.. 40mpg was certainly dreamy back in uh.. 2008 when they announced this engine. Being a direct injection mill though, it may have some zip.
      Levine Levine
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better design with more gagets, Sonata gets 40mpg, now. Why wait for an ugly Mazda3?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Levine Levine
        40 mpg Sonata? In what universe? 35 at best 28 combined.
      PeterScott
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they also update the styling with their new Kodo theme, they will have a winner.
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