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Mazda Announces Long-Term Vision for Technology Development, ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’

Introduces SKYACTIV-X, world’s first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition



HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030,” a new long-term vision for technology development that looks ahead to the year 2030. As part of the new technology to achieve this vision, the company disclosed plans to introduce a next-generation engine called SKYACTIV-X in 2019. SKYACTIV-X will be the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition.1


Under the original “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” vision announced in 2007, the company has striven to offer both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance. In light of the rapid changes taking place in the automotive industry, the new vision takes a longer-term perspective and sets out how Mazda will use driving pleasure, the fundamental appeal of the automobile, to help solve issues facing people, the earth and society.


The following is an overview of “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” and the next-generation SKYACTIV-X engine.


1. Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030

Mazda believes its mission is to bring about a beautiful earth and to enrich people’s lives as well as society. The company will continue to seek ways to inspire people through the value found in cars.



Through conservation initiatives, create a sustainable future in which people and cars coexist with a bountiful, beautiful earth


Mazda’s approach

・       Expand measures for carbon dioxide reduction from a “well-to-wheel” perspective, considering emissions over the vehicle’s entire life cycle

・       Aim to reduce corporate average “well-to-wheel” carbon dioxide emissions to 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030, and achieve a 90-percent reduction by 2050

・       Achieve this with a policy prioritizing efficiency improvements and measures for cleaner emissions that apply in the real world

・       In line with this policy, continue efforts to perfect the internal combustion engine, which will help power the majority of cars worldwide for many years to come and can therefore make the greatest contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and combine the results with effective electrification technologies

・       From 2019, start introducing electric vehicles and other electric drive technologies in regions that use a high ratio of clean energy for power generation or restrict certain vehicles to reduce air pollution



Through cars and a society that provide safety and peace of mind, create a system that enriches people’s lives by offering unrestricted mobility to people everywhere


Mazda’s approach

・       Develop more advanced safety technologies under the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy, working toward the goal of eliminating traffic accidents

・       Further enhance safety fundamentals, such as correct driving position, pedal layout and good visibility, and standardize them across all models

・       Promote further standardization of i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features, which help drivers recognize and assess potential hazards; in addition to Japan, where they are already becoming standard, gradually make these technologies standard in other markets starting in 2018

・       Begin testing of autonomous driving technologies currently being developed in line with Mazda’s human-centered Mazda Co-Pilot Concept2 in 2020, aiming to make the system standard on all models by 2025

・       Using connectivity technologies, create a new business model that enables car owners to support the needs of people in depopulated areas and those who have difficulty getting around



Enhance customers’ mental well-being with the satisfaction that comes from protecting the earth and contributing to society with a car that offers true driving pleasure


Mazda’s approach

ž   Pursue an enhanced Jinba-ittai driving feel that will unlock people’s potential and revitalize them mentally and physically

ž   Based on the philosophy of “breathing life into the car,” further develop KODO design to raise vehicle design to the level of art that enriches the emotional lives of all who see it


2. SKYACTIV-X next-generation engine


Technological innovations

・       SKYACTIV-X is the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition, in which the fuel-air mixture ignites spontaneously when compressed by the piston

・       A proprietary combustion method called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition overcomes two issues that had impeded commercialization of compression ignition gasoline engines: maximizing the zone in which compression ignition is possible and achieving a seamless transition between compression ignition and spark ignition.



・       This new proprietary combustion engine combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel engines to achieve outstanding environmental performance, power and acceleration performance.

・       Compression ignition and a supercharger fitted to improve fuel economy together deliver unprecedented engine response and increase torque 10–30 percent over the current SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine.3

・       Compression ignition makes possible a super lean burn4 that improves engine efficiency up to 20–30 percent over the current SKYACTIV-G, and from 35–45 percent over Mazda’s 2008 gasoline engine of the same displacement. SKYACTIV-X even equals or exceeds the latest SKYACTIV-D diesel engine in fuel efficiency.

・       With high efficiency across a wide range of rpms and engine loads, the engine allows much more latitude in the selection of gear ratios, providing both superior fuel economy and driving performance.


Moving forward Mazda hopes to help create a future in which people, the earth and society can coexist with cars, to enrich people’s lives through a car ownership experience that celebrates driving, and to become a brand with which customers feel a strong emotional connection.


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1      As of August 2017. According to in-house investigations.

2      Mazda’s human-centered self-driving technology development concept. People enjoy driving while being revitalized mentally and physically. Meanwhile the car is driving “virtually” with a firm grasp of the movements of the driver and the car. In unexpected situations, such as a sudden loss of consciousness, the car will override the driver, automatically contact emergency services and drive safely to the most appropriate location.

3      Engine is still under development and figures are subject to change.

4      A condition in which the ratio of gasoline to air is reduced to a level that would not ignite in a spark-ignition engine.

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The SkyActiv-X is awesome. I guess Mazda won't be bringing their diesels to the US since the X is as efficient.

Another announcement is the joint plant that will be built in the US for Mazda and Toyota. I believe Toyota owns a 5% stake of Mazda now and they are teaming up, sort of. Mazda has some great tech with the I-ELOOP system and engines, Toyota has some great tech with hybrids and batteries. Toyota is also allegedly working on a battery technology that will fully recharge in the same amount of time as a typical car refueling with gasoline.

Between Mazda making the internal combustion engine more efficient and Toyota's battery tech (if it is true), the future is looking good for electric and electric hybrids going a lot more main stream.

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I talked to my salesman and he tells me the diesel is coming to the US as well as the AWD Mazda 6. Still holding out on that. All the newest refreshed cx5 now have a wide fuel door configuration meant for the future diesel motors to be put in on later date models. That wider door is to make room for the extra filler port to pour in the diesel fuel treatment I assume.

I don't fancy the I-eloop regenerative braking feature in the car where the capacitor charges instantaneously and then transfers it into the battery just to save 1 mpg city driving, useless in stop and go bumper to bumper traffic. The special battery alone costs $400 to replace. They look visually identical to regular leaded batteries but much denser. They have to manufacture it from the plant per order due to its short shelf life of 12 months. These I-eloop batteries lasts no longer then regular leaded batteries which typically lasts an average of 36-45k miles or less before needing replacement on mazdas. You cannot replace these with regular battery or i-eloop malfunction lights flashes in the car at the same time killing the new battery. Mazda extended their 1year/12k battery warranty to 3years/36k just for the issue of replacing expensive i-eloop batteries sooner then expected from angry customers.

I wonder how Toyota is going to come up with a battery that charges as fast as filling up the gas. Must be something to do with capacitors, but they don't hold charge for long and they discharge very fast.

I know mazda is laughing at VW about their diesel mpg scandal.

I wished Mazda would put the cx9 2.5L turbo gas engine in their 3s and 6s (yes it fits). That would put it in the same class of some German luxury/performance cars. It would blow the competition away with the extra hp/torque.

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I heard the diesel story back in 2014. It will be a waste of time now, in my opinion. I haven't heard of the AWD Mazda 6 (Mazdapseed 6?) and also sort of doubt it, just like the AWD Mazdaspeed 3. I feel Mazda wants to do cool stuff like that, but my guess is the market simply isn't there, or they don't believe it is.

My 3 does not have the I-Eloop system. Seems like a cool idea. I know if you replace the battery, it all has to be reprogrammed in order to work. What a pain.

I am curious too. I recall hearing something about a gas lithium battery. Like you, I am skeptical, though hopeful since it will help Mazda. Until I see something, it is just words.

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2017 AWD Mazda 6s are available in other countries outside the US. Its not a Mazdaspeed6.

Reprogramming procedure after replacing the I-Eloop battery shouldn't be difficult, no special tools needed and is DIY. Its only a few steps and its needed to be done to reset the charge/discharge flow count limit that if exceeds the operating specification limit, a DTC would trigger. If it hasn't been triggered, you could still get away with just throwing in the new I-Eloop battery and drive off.

Toyota in the news articles seems to be developing Solid state batteries instead of liquid base in order to charge faster, similar to capacitors I guess. BMW is also working on it too. I bet its a lot better for the environment.

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