Mazda is set to expand production of its Skyactiv engines after critical and commercial acclaim for the fuel-sipping powerplants. The Japanese manufacturer has a number of plans in the works to bump up production, with the first being a 25-percent increase in output from its Hiroshima, Japan engine facility.

Besides adding a new line, Mazda will modify the line that built MZR engines, a family of mills that includes the 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder found in the Mazdaspeed3 and the 2.0-liter found in the MX-5 Miata. The bump in production is just part of Mazda's goal of selling 1.7 million vehicles globally by 2016, with 80 percent of those vehicles expected to wear a Skyactiv badge.

Mazda also builds Skyactiv engines at a joint-venture facility with Ford, in Changan, China, while a Mexican facility will go online by March of 2014. Skyactiv engines currently power the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.
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MAZDA INCREASES SKYACTIV ENGINE OUTPUT BY 25 PERCENT

Popularity of SKYACTIV vehicles continues to grow worldwide
Hiroshima engine factory to gain capacity as well as flexibility


Hiroshima, Japan, 27 August 2013. Strong demand for its new-generation SKYACTIV models has prompted Mazda Motor Corporation to boost SKYACTIV engine production capacity at its Hiroshima plant by one-quarter. When completed by the end of 2014, the expansion from 800,000 units to 1 million annually will also make the facility more flexible.

As part of the move, Mazda will install a new and highly versatile engine machining line at the plant. In addition, an existing line used to assemble MZR engines will be overhauled to also enable the production of SKYACTIV engines. Mazda offers a line-up of four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and SKYACTIV-D clean diesels.

Expanding production is a key part of Mazda's goal to increase global sales by 2016 to 1.7 million vehicles, some 80 per cent of which are expected to feature SKYACTIV technology. Beyond Hiroshima, SKYACTIV engines are currently manufactured at Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co. in China, where production began in June 2013. They will also be produced in Mexico at Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.V. starting in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2014.


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      dumbmeathead74
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news. Wife still has her 2008 mazda3 hatch. Great car. Is Mazda the only car company that is universally liked by everyone? At worst people are indifferent, but I don't think they have haters like every other brand in the world.
        kant
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dumbmeathead74
        To be fair there are a LOT of haters when it comes to their rotary engine. But in general, you're right. They do seem to be be liked by most and the rest seem to be indifferent. I suspect it's because they're really small, so most don't really consider them a threat to their preferred brand, while at the same time making really fun and inexpensive cars.
      Shawn Stone
      • 1 Year Ago
      Averaging right around 27mpg highway with my modified 09 Mazdaspeed 3. I can't comprehend the engineering put into the next gen MZR 2.3 to get better than what most Mazdaspeed owners are getting currently while driving out of the turbo. Props on you Mazda, you deserve the sales and reception lately.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shawn Stone
        I have a 2010 Speed, around the same highway mpg as you. Modified stage 2 of course. Decent fuel economy overall as long as the car is fully warmed up. Of course I didn't buy the car to save on gas.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          Best I ever saw on my '10 modded MS3 was 32.2MPG between Vienna, VA and Duck, NC. I have no idea why the EPA rates the MS3 so artificially low. I was averaging 25.3 combined, and its highway rating was 25.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shawn Stone
        I run a lean burn fuel strategy on my self-tuned 2011 MS3 while still making over 290hp and 330ft.lb. The end result? I get around mid 30's on the highway if I can keep my foot out of it & high 20's/low 30's on back roads with low 20's in town. Gotta love the EPA ratings of 18/21/25 on these cars, lol.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      A well deserved success. Mazda could have just saved their cash and tried to muddle through like Mitsubishi. But instead they decided to put it all in and go for broke. They ended up with a world class engine and world class transmission. They went from being one of the worst engine makers (piston engines) to being one of the best in one quantum leap.
      Phontsolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Skyactiv engines also power the Mazda2 in Japan.
      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just traded in my 2007 Mazda 3 sedan this past weekend for a 2013 Mazda 3 hatchback, fully loaded. Couldn't be happier. Loving mazda.
      Jatin
      • 1 Year Ago
      If anyone from Mazda is reading this....please put the Skyactiv 2.5 in the Mazda5.....it is a great people mover, handles so nice and it needs that sweet 184 hp engine!! Imagine a minivan giving similar or slightly better mileage than a CX-5, being that practical and enjoyable to drive. Also....please give an option of a full bench seat with a 60/40 split for the second row.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazda is still around?
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's nice to see companies like Mazda doing well. Everything else in the Mazda6 and Mazda3 segment is boring, and the Koreans are suffering from rust and front-axle issues.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        The Koreans aren't suffering from rust and axle issues. mary.keana, stop trolling in an article not even related to Korean vehicles.
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      While they're increasing production, they may want to spend a few man hours coming up with a name that makes sense.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        Yeah, like Vortec and Northstar! /sarcasm I'd expect you to say something like that, Walt.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's nice and all, but I want a Skyactiv-D Mazda2!
      Bryan Pizzuti
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's definitely time to retire the MZR line, but it's still used in the Miata and the Mazda5. Both of which could use an upgrade to SkyActiv mills.
        MistyGreen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Pizzuti
        Autonews just put out a feature on Mazda's future product line, and apparently the Mazda5 isn't expected to get the SkyActiv treatment, which makes me really sad. My wife and I plan to get one when we have kids, since neither of us like full-size minivans. Who knows, maybe trends will change, and minivans will shrink, just like SUVs and crossovers are.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MistyGreen
          Agreed. The 5 needs a more efficient engine to make people take notice. Of course, they can't put development money into it like they can the first SkyActiv 3, but I think it would make a lot of sense to develop a low compression ratio 2.5L like they did with the 2.0L and drop that into the 5.
      scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a fan of the current badging rage. Skyactiv, Puredrive, Ecoboost. Bluetec. Although, we've kind of been here before: Landau, Brougham, Sport, ABS, Ride-Engineered
        Bryan Pizzuti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scooter
        I tend to prefer SkyActiv and EcoBoost, they at least sound exciting and vaguely sporty. Just keep "Earth Dreams" away from me.
          tagberto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bryan Pizzuti
          "Earth dreams" reminds me of "dirt nap". Not the best association.
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