Mazda is finally getting ready to bring its new engine and transmission technologies, codenamed SKY, to the USA. The Japanese company announced during the 2010 New York Auto Show that, in order to further improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, the Sky-G (gasoline) and Sky-D (diesel) engines, together with the Sky-Drive (transmission) will appear across the range.
“Improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions is not just a goal at Mazda, it’s part of our business plan; we will make vehicles that are safer for our environment,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “We will increase our fuel economy globally by 30 percent by 2015 and offer affordable eco-friendly vehicles to all Mazda customers, not to just a limited segment of the market. The SKY Concept powertrains will play a big part in making this happen.”
The new engines are set to bring improvements of up to 15% for Sky-G and 20% for Sky-D in terms of fuel efficiency, while also increasing power output and torque levels for the new units. Couple them with the Sky-Drive, promising a five percent improvement through its six-speed automatic system, and you’ll be getting some very good averages.
The first applications of these technologies will likely arrive with the next generation Mazda6 mid-size sedan, sometime around 2012. Even though it’s extremely early, some voices are already claiming that the Sky-D under the car’s bonnet will deliver a very impressive 43 MPG in highway conditions. We’re not crossing our fingers yet, but Mazda might come through with its promises.