Mazda’s innovative SKACTIV engine wins technology award


Mazda Motor Corporation’s newly developed SKACTIV-G 1.3-litre gasoline engine has won the 2012 Technology of the Year.

The award is presented annually by the highly respected Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists Conference of Japan The breakthrough Skyactiv-G 1.3-litre engine has been developed to create a lightweight design that produces more from less.

An ultra-high compression ratio is a central feature of the engine’s design and its 14.0:1 ratio (world’s highest in a mass-production model) has previously only been seen in high-performance racing engines.

Equipped with direct-injection, the Technology award-winning, smaller capacity 1.3-litre engine exhibits outstanding efficiency, especially under high load at low rpm.

Mazda’s first vehicle to have the full range of innovative SKYACTIV technologies will be the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV set for launch early next year.

Ahead of the CX-5, Mazda has launched the SKACTIV engine and transmission on its redesigned Mazda3, hitting Canadian dealerships now.