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Mazda
is betting on its SkyActiv technology to win the fuel efficiency war against plug-in vehicles and so is equipping the 2012 Mazda Axela (known here as the Mazda3) with two parts of it fuel-saving tech as the compact rolls down the production lines over in Japan.

The Mazda Axela gets 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 and cranks out 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The Axela also gets SkyActiv-Drive, Mazda fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission that combines a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a dual clutch trans (DCT).

With production of the Axela underway and sales set for fall 2011, Mazda's next task is to start cranking out the Mazda3 for export. That, according to the automaker, is scheduled to begin sometime before March 2012.
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Mazda Commences Production of Facelifted Axela

- First model to adopt Mazda's highly efficient new SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine and SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission -


HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced production of the facelifted Mazda Axela (known overseas as the Mazda3) equipped with breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY at the Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan. The facelifted Axela is Mazda's first model to combine the newly developed 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G 2.0 direct injection gasoline engine with the SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission. SKYACTIV-DRIVE reduces slippage to deliver a direct shift feel similar to a manual transmission. Sales of the facelifted Mazda Axela – the second model equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY following the facelifted Mazda Demio (known overseas as the Mazda2) – will begin in the Japanese market in fall 2011.

The facelifted Mazda Axela with SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-DRIVE delivers significantly improved driving performance and fuel economy. In the Japanese market, the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 Axela also features "intelligent-Drive Master" (i-DM), a new technology that is proving popular on the recently released facelifted Mazda Demio. The newly-developed i-DM provides information and driving tips designed to promote a smooth and efficient driving style, thereby supporting enjoyable driving, a more comfortable ride for passengers, and improved fuel economy.

The Mazda Axela is a core model in Mazda's lineup and accounts for a third of the company's global sales. It is also the fastest-selling model in Mazda's current lineup of passenger vehicles, with a cumulative production volume of over three million units*. By equipping the Axela with SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-DRIVE, Mazda will further accelerate the introduction of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.


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      Eliot Lemoncelli
      • 4 Years Ago
      When will we see the new Mazda 3 in the US, I'm in the market for a car and want a compact. I really like the Focus hatch and the Mazda 3 hatch. I'd prefer to wait for the Eco-boost/Sky-G versions over the current crop. The Focus as is is quite good, but the Eco-boost will make it better, what remains to be seen is if the Sky G makes the Mazda 3 competitive with the current focus, or the eco-boost version. (not the RS/ST)
      Ford Future
      • 4 Years Ago
      Time for Mazda to go Electric, as it's a Better Rotary Engine.
        Peter
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Expect a small and light concept plugin hybrid with a feather weight one rotor wankel range extender some time. As far as production I suspect that Mazda feels (quite correctly) that it can meet regulatory and market demand for low emissions vehicles without electric, and it intends to continue doing well at what it does well. It is a small company (as far as car companies go) and that may be a reasonable strategy while electrics remain expensive with low energy density with the economy stumbling and thus with little market and profit potential... at the moment
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        word
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      sort of besides the point and I know a great car design is not the easiest thing to do but what is that facia? really? : ) Gob: COME ON!
      Spec
      • 4 Years Ago
      No one should be able to use a phrase like 'SkyActiv' unless they build me a damn flying car. Your tweaks to the ICE car are very nice . . . but that is all they are.
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