- In Europe, 60% of Mazda3 orders feature Skyactiv-X engine technology
- 45% of new Mazda CX-30 orders include Skyactiv-X
- Skyactiv-X still not slated for the North American market.
Finding out that there’s more interest than expected in something you’ve done is always good news. This is exactly what’s going on with Mazda’s Skyactiv-X engine technology in Europe. Although Mazda was confident in their innovative SPCCI (spark plug controlled compression ignition) engine, they did not expect that so many consumers would opt for the somewhat costly option.
Mazda Europe CEO Yasuhiro Aoyama said: “Since we launched the engine, we are seeing a very encouraging feedback: 60 percent of the orders for the Mazda3 are currently for cars equipped with the Skyactiv-X engine, as well as 45 percent of orders for the Mazda CX-30 crossover.”
The advantages to the technology are many-fold and include petrol-engine free revving performance along with the superior low-end responsiveness of a diesel engine. This is achieved through a diesel-like elevated compression ratio and a 24-volt mild-hybrid system. Another advantage is a reduction in fuel consumption and between 5% and 10% in emissions.
For the moment, Mazda has no concrete plans to introduce the technology in North America. However, the strong European demand could spark Mazda into bringing it to our side of the Pond. One of the reasons why we may never get it is the inevitable coming of electric powertrains in vehicles such as the new MX-30. Although the latter is not yet slated for North America, we suspect we’ll have news to share on the subject before long.
Source: Automotive News Europe