Mazda is one of the few manufacturers that doesn’t believe in downsizing. Even the often proclaimed “rightsizing” does not quite apply to the Japanese, because compared to almost all manufacturers, Mazda still does not rely on turbo charging for gasoline engines. Currently and recently it is becoming apparent that the decision could not have been made better. But Mazda also has plans for the future that go against every trend, but are ideal in themselves.
Zoom-Zoom 2030 or Against the Current
With the plan for the “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030”, the Japanese are giving an outlook to 2030 and beyond. A period of time that other manufacturers do not want to give a public overview. In the coming year 2018 it will be extremely quiet, but in 2019 many new technologies will come at one stroke.
One of the highlights is definitely the new generation of Skyactiv-X engines. It is a gasoline engine that works like a diesel with excess air and compression ignition. If nobody copies the idea beforehand, Mazda is the first series manufacturer in the world. Compared to Volvo, for example, who do not want to develop the diesel further, Mazda will present the next Skyactiv-D generation from 2020. In parallel, partially and fully electric vehicles are to be introduced in stages from 2019.
The new Skyactiv-X engine
In the case of gasoline engines with compression ignition, a homogeneous, lean fuel-air mixture is primarily self-ignited, as in the case of diesel, when it is compressed in the combustion chamber. According to Mazda, the raw NOx emissions should be “comparatively” low despite the lean combustion. An important factor in combustion is SPCCI. SPark Controlled Compression Ignition uses a spark plug to generate compression ignition by means of an additional pressure increase. In one fell swoop, two problems associated with mass production of a gasoline engine with compression ignition are eliminated. Maximization of the operating range in which compression ignition is possible and a seamless transition between operation with compression and spark ignition
In short, the Skyactiv-X engine combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel in the form of performance and ecology. The engine responds earlier by means of an “air supply unit” (supercharger), and the torque should be between ten and 30 percent higher than that of a current Skyactiv-G engine. The efficiency of the engine itself increases by 20 to 30 percent in comparison. According to Mazda, the consumption is even below that of a current Skyactiv-D diesel engine.
CO2 reduction in all fields
For the measures to reduce CO2, Mazda sees not only the point “automobile”, but also the entire process. It also includes energy extraction and generation, as well as the processing and transport of energy sources. The holistic process should be taken into account. By 2030, the company-wide “wheel-to-wheel” CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 50 percent, compared to the comparable figures from 2010. By 2050, a reduction of 90 percent is to be achieved.
Mazda is also committed to further “research and development in order to perfect the combustion engine as much as possible.” The step-by-step electrification of the individual drives is also a point that should help reduce CO2 emissions. The approach for electric vehicles from 2019 is also interesting. Mazda wants to focus on markets or regions that have a high proportion of renewable energies or lock out certain vehicles.
Mazda Co-Pilot Concept should be standard in all vehicles in 2025
Mazda is taking small, cautious steps towards autonomous systems. Thus from 2025 all new vehicles are to be equipped with an autonomous system, which, however, leaves the essential vehicle control to the driver. To avoid accidents, further i-Activsense systems will be installed as standard from 2018, which can prevent accidents.
Last but not least, the KODO design language will be further developed and the driving impression will be significantly improved. The “Jinba-Ittai” feeling is retained and the driver should be even more focused, if not even into the vehicle control center.