Carmaker introduces its new Skyactiv engineering recently in a special Vancouver rollout. Marked by more efficient engines, lighter materials, and more compact designs, it looks to redefine the internal combustion engine with cleaner burning models averaging 40 MPG highway.
New lightweight Mazda Skyactiv chassis
Mazda recently unveiled its new Skyactiv engineering in Vancouver, including a look at new and more fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel engines, lighter transmissions, and refined chassis forged from lighter materials, The end result will be 2012 Mazda models doing 40 mpg on highways.
Refined metallurgy and reclaimed materials help make this new Skyactiv frame and chassis lighter, while maintaining the rigidity necessary to guarantee driver safety. The result is higher mpg when paired with the Skyactiv engines.
While a hands-on experience is the best way to prove it, take our word for it: the new metal formulas found in the Skyactiv drive trains make the essential car part significantly lighter than its 2011 version.
The Mazda 2012 Skyactiv and 2011 cam and piston designs
Close inspection reveals subtle differences in the size, thickness, and composition of new Skyactiv engine components compared to 2011 versions. The end result is a lighter, more efficient engine capable of 40 mpg.
Mazda flew in several prototype test cars or "mules" specially equipped with the new 2012 Skyactiv engines. Journalists were allowed to test drive the high performance engines on Vancouver's mountain highways.