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One Million Mazdas Powered by Skyactiv Technology

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/14/2014 Erick Ayapana

It’s been over two years since Mazda’s Skyactiv engine first started powering the automaker’s vehicles, improving fuel economy without performance sacrifices. Since then, Skyactiv Technology has made its way to over one million cars, a milestone Mazda just announced today.

2014 Mazda3 i Touring© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mazda3 i Touring Skyactiv is Mazda’s full suite of technologies to improve fuel efficiency. The 2.0-liter I-4 powering the new 2014 Mazda3, for example, features a manual transmission with reduced internal friction, revised exhaust headers, and an i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. With an EPA rating of 29/41 mpg city/highway, a 2014 Mazda3 sedan with the 2.0-liter I-4 and six-speed automatic achieves 1 mpg better all around.

The first Mazda powered by Skyactiv Technology was the CX-5 crossover. Skyactiv can now be found in the Mazda6 midsize sedan, which is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four rated at 184-hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. A Skyactiv engine powered by diesel is on the way, and Mazda is hard at work testing other variants including one that is powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Additionally, the next-generation MX-5 Miata, slated to debut at next year’s Chicago auto show, is rumored to get two Skyactiv powertrains, including a naturally aspirated, 99-hp 1.4-liter I-4 and a 2.0-liter I-4 that should make at least 167-hp, which is the power output of the current Miata.

Source: Mazda

2014 Mazda3 i Touring© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mazda3 i Touring

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