Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid 2

Η Mazda, για την οποία δεν ακούσαμε τίποτα την πρώτη ημέρα της έκθεσης του Τόκιο, παρουσίασε το Axela/Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid.

Το αυτοκίνητο περιγράφεται ως «σημαντικό ορόσημο» για την εταιρία και έχει έναν δίλιτρο τετρακύλινδρο SKYACTIV-G βενζινοκινητήρα που αποδίδει 99 άλογα και 142Nm ροπής. Αυτός, συνδυάζεται με έναν ηλεκτροκινητήρα με απόδοση 82 αλόγων και 207Nm ροπής με αποτέλεσμα η συνδυαστική ισχύς των δύο συνόλων να διαμορφώνεται στους 136 ίππους.

Ο ηλεκτροκινητήρας υποβοηθά τον κινητήρα εσωτερικής καύσης κατά κύριο λόγο στις χαμηλές ταχύτητες, συνεισφέροντας ώστε το βάρους 1.390 κιλών αυτοκίνητο να επιτυγχάνει μέση κατανάλωση της τάξης των 3.2 λίτρων ανά 100km στον JC08 κύκλο.

Οι πωλήσεις του Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid θα ξεκινήσουν σύντομα στην Ιαπωνία με τιμή που θα ξεκινά από τις 2.373.000 Yen (17.300€ περίπου).

[Πηγή: Mazda]

Δελτίο Τύπου

Mazda to exhibit all-new Mazda3 powertrain derivatives at Tokyo Motor Show

 

  • World premiere of all-new Mazda3 powertrain derivatives including

SKYACTIV-CNG concept and hybrid version

  • All-new Mazda3 offered as “multi-solution”

 

Leverkusen, 22 October 2013. Mazda will showcase the recently launched Mazda3 with a variety of engine types at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The latest model is now offered as a ‘multi-solution’ in response to diversifying fuel types. Beside news on the already released SKYACTIV gasoline, hybrid (for Japan) and diesel-engine models, the Japanese carmaker presents for the first time a Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept, which runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Alongside new-generation models, the displays show Mazda’s most recent technologies and hint at the direction of future models. The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public on November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight.*

 

The Mazda3 is a core model in the Mazda line-up accounting for more than thirty per cent of the company’s global sales volume, and it is the third of Mazda’s new generation vehicles to be completely redesigned. Mazda is proposing the new Mazda3 as a ‘multi-solution.’ Capable of using a diverse range of energy sources, every model still offers Mazda’s trademark fun-to-drive experience. Furthermore, regardless of fuel-type, all models in the Mazda3 line-up feature SKYACTIV engines — a testament to the versatility of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

 

Based on an increasing demand for CNG-powered vehicles, the SKYACTIV-CNG Concept adopts a dual fuel system that runs on both gasoline and CNG. Since CNG engines burn fuel at high pressure and the SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine already achieves a high compression ratio it can easily be modified for CNG with only minor modifications.

Vehicles with CNG engines reduce emissions by about 20 per cent compared to those with gasoline engines of the same displacement.

 

The SKYACTIV-HYBRID models – on sale only for Japan – pair an electric motor with a specially-designed 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine. It realizes both exhilarating driving performance and outstanding fuel economy performance.

 

Also on stage in Tokyo is the Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) ASV-5 which is equipped with futuristic safety systems. In a world-first, one of these systems enables automobiles with an in-car autonomous sensor to communicate with streetcars, helping to prevent collisions and support a smooth and safe flow of traffic.

 

Lists of exhibits

Reference exhibits Mazda3 Sport SKYACTIV-D 2.2 [2 units] On sale Jan 2014
Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept World premiere
Special Edition Mazda Demio (Mazda2) On sale Dec 2013
Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle)  
Currently available models Mazda3 Sport (SKYACTIV-G 2.0 & 1.5) [3 units]; Mazda3 Hybrid (SKYACTIV-HYBRID) [2 units]; Mazda Atenza Sedan and Wagon (Mazda6) [2units]; Mazda CX-5 [2 units]; Mazda Premacy (Mazda5); Mazda Biante Granz (special needs vehicle); Mazda Roadster (MX-5); and Mazda Flairwagon Custom micro-mini  
Technology exhibits Interior model of the all-new Mazda3, SKYACTIV-HYBRID engine model, SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine model, etc.  

 

In addition to the above, Mazda will also participate in the SMART MOBILITY CITY 2013 exhibition organized by the SMART MOBILITY CITY 2013 executive committee and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

 

* Press days are November 20 and 21, 2013. Mazda will hold a press conference at 11:15 a.m. on November 20, 2013

Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid

Mazda’s first hybrid: It’s another major milestone for Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, Mazda’s vision to deliver the best of all motoring worlds. The electric-petrol drive will initially power the all-new Mazda3*, which is also making its Japanese debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

The latest addition to the SKYACTIV family, the SKYACTIV-Hybrid uses an electric motor to assist the SKYACTIV petrol engine, especially at low engine speeds and during low load operation. The engine, a specially modified SKYACTIV-G 2.0, features ultra-high 14:1 compression, a 4-1 exhaust manifold and unique control systems for more efficient combustion over a wider operating range. It also utilises exhaust gas recirculation, recovering exhaust heat to reduce warm-up times and allow more fuel-saving engine stops.

So much for efficient power production. To get it to the front wheels, a transaxle splits output from the SKYACTIV-G into drive power and generator power. In doing so, it transfers the most effective combination of output from the petrol engine and electric motor. The result: seamless, linear acceleration. A power control unit, meanwhile, steps battery power up and down to supply the electric motor, auxiliary equipment and auxiliary battery, in the process optimising the electricity supply the motor and elsewhere. Computer monitoring of the nickel-metal hydride battery’s current, voltage and temperature, among other things, helps maintain the ideal battery status and enhance its durability.

The upshot: The all-new Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid is remarkably frugal, consuming only 3.2l/100km according to Japan’s JC08 test cycle. And with a total system output of 100kW (136PS), it is also exceptionally fun to drive. Down to the details

An uncompromising hybrid from an uncompromising carmaker: The engine sound is even tuned to match engine speed and acceleration for a genuinely Mazda Jinba Ittai rider-and-horse-as-one driving experience. Yet another highlight is the SKYACTIV-Hybrid’s cooperative brake energy regeneration setup, which consists of regenerative brakes employing an electric motor as well as hydraulic brakes.

The two systems work together not only to ensure outstanding linear braking, but also to maximise the recovery of energy, which is then converted to electricity to further improve fuel economy.

Of course, the all-new Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid comes with the same cutting-edge safety technology, connectivity, interior design and layout as any other Mazda3. And the same head-turning “KODO – Soul of Motion” exterior, lightweight SKYACTIV-Body, and the superb handling of the SKYACTIV-Chassis. So it’s just as safe, just as enjoyable, and even more fuel efficient. Mazda continues to defy convention, and it’s quite exciting. .

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013

Press Information

Note:

This press information is a summary of Japanese specifications. All figures and specifications may vary according to market. Also, data are subject to change upon homologation.


Greetings

 

 

Be a driver.

Mazda defies convention to keep ‘fun-to-drive’ alive.

 

Thank you for visiting Mazda at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show where our theme for this year is “Be a driver. Mazda defies convention to keep ‘fun-to-drive’ alive.”

 

Four strong pillars support our firm determination to bring pure driving pleasure to more drivers around the world: SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY which simultaneously improves both dynamic and environmental performance; KODO design with its visual expression of dynamism and vitality; our original Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy; and Mazda Connect, the new-generation car connectivity system.

 

SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, Mazda’s suite of new-generation technologies dedicated to increasing driving pleasure while raising the bar for environmental and safety performance, reengineers and improves all aspects of the automobile’s core technologies including engine, transmission, body and chassis. The full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY was introduced for the first time with Mazda CX-5, the new-generation crossover SUV released in 2012. With its class-leading fuel economy and driving performance and predictable, responsive handling, CX-5 was highly evaluated worldwide and became the best-selling SUV in the Japanese market*1 in 2012.

 

Another factor in CX-5’s popularity is our new design theme, KODO — Soul of Motion, that gives concrete form to the power, beauty and elegance seen in the instantaneous movement of animals or humans. It was also introduced with Mazda Atenza (Mazda6 outside Japan) our new-generation flagship model released in 2012, and it led to Atenza being chosen as one of the three cars with the most attractive design at the 2013 World Car Design of the Year.

 

The philosophy behind Mazda Proactive Safety is to provide the driver with the information required for safe driving, and to use technology to reduce the risk of accidents. Based on this philosophy, we provide the peace of mind that comes from a safe driving environment by combining the advanced safety technologies of i-ACTIVSENSE and its sensing devices such as milliwave radars and cameras, with a next-generation Human-Machine Interface (HMI)*2 that places utmost priority on driving safety. In addition, to introduce our approach to the latest information communication technologies, we are exhibiting the Mazda Atenza ASV-5 advanced safety vehicle, previously exhibited at the ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013*3.

 

We also invite you to experience for yourself the practical application and operation of the Mazda Connect new-generation car connectivity system at our booth, as well as take a look at the future we are creating with Mazda Connect and the way it deepens driving pleasure through bringing car and driver together as one at the SMART MOBILITY CITY. With these exhibits we are demonstrating the extra driving pleasure connectivity offers, as well as our efforts to realize a safe driving environment.

 

The new Mazda Axela*4 (Mazda3 outside Japan) released on November 21st in Japan is our latest model, and it incorporates all the above-mentioned technologies and philosophy. As a core model for Mazda, Axela accounts for more than 30% of our global sales and this latest version is the third in our new-generation product lineup, following the CX-5 and Atenza. The new Axela range also introduces a hybrid vehicle, and marks the first time for a single model launched on the Japanese market to include gasoline, diesel, and hybrid power plants in its powertrain lineup. At this show, we are also presenting our “multi-solution” approach to energy diversity with the Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept reference exhibit that uses compressed natural gas (CNG) as its fuel. The aim of our “multi-solution” approach to energy diversity is to provide vehicles that are always fun to drive regardless of the fuel employed, with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY as the cornerstone.

We at Mazda will continue to develop and manufacture cars based on these four pillars as we strive to bring driving pleasure and excellent environmental and safety performance to even more customers around the world. Our aim is for the Mazda brand to enjoy strong ties to our customers with a special bond that can only come from our distinctive products.

At the show, we invite you to experience truly advanced driving pleasure with our latest product lineup and breakthrough technologies.

 

*1 Mazda research (as of January 2013). The SUV market in Japan is a market division set by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association, and is the market for off-road 4WD type domestic models (also includes some FWD models).

*2 General term for equipment and mechanisms that appropriately communicate a variety of information generated during driving between car and driver.

*3 The 20th ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013 jointly hosted by the Japan Organizing Committee of the ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013, ITS Japan and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government was held between October 14 and 18, 2013. ITS is short for Intelligent Transport System, and it is aimed at solving road traffic problems such as accidents, traffic jams and environmental load by connecting information obtained from people, road infrastructure and cars via advanced information communication technologies.

*4 Mazda Axela XD with diesel engine is scheduled for launch in January 2014, and the 20S six-speed manual transmission model with 2.0-liter gasoline engine is scheduled for launch in spring 2014.

 

Masamichi Kogai

Representative Director

President and CEO

Mazda Motor Corporation

 


Mazda Spirit

“Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” Long-Term Vision for Technology Development

 

Basic Policy

Provide all customers who purchase Mazda vehicles with driving pleasure as well as outstanding environmental and safety performance

In March 2007, Mazda announced “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom,” its long-term vision for technology development. The basic policy of the vision is to “provide all customers who purchase Mazda vehicles with driving pleasure as well as outstanding environmental and safety performance.”

This vision commits Mazda to making vehicles that always excite and that embody a “Zoom-Zoom” feeling, meaning they look inviting to drive, are fun to drive and make you want to drive them again, helping to achieve an exciting, sustainable future for vehicles, people, and the Earth.

In the fiscal year ended March 2013, Mazda took big steps forward both in terms of the environment and in terms of safety: global deployment of vehicles featuring SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY began in earnest and a series of advanced safety technologies named i-ACTIVSENSE was introduced.

 

Promoting the Building-Block Strategy

Even in 2020, Mazda expects that the world’s key energy sources will continue to be mainly petroleum based and that the majority of vehicles will still be powered by internal combustion engines. With this in mind, Mazda is working on the comprehensive improvement of base technologies using SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and promoting its Building-Block Strategy in order to meet the company’s stated goal for 2015 of raising the average fuel economy of Mazda vehicles sold worldwide by 30% compared with 2008 levels.

 


Step 1

Battery Management Technology: “i-stop” Idling Stop System

Mazda’s original i-stop system automatically shuts the engine off temporarily when the vehicle is stopped, and the use of i-stop alone can improve fuel economy by 7% to 10% (as measured with Japanese models). In 2009 Mazda installed i-stop on the Mazda Axela and has been steadily expanding its use to other models. In 2012, the i-stop system was fitted to Mazda CX-5 models equipped with SKYACTIV-D 2.2, a first for a Japanese diesel passenger car.

 

Step 2

Brake Energy Regeneration System: i-ELOOP

Mazda has developed the world’s first passenger vehicle brake energy regeneration system that employs a capacitor to store electricity to power the vehicle’s electrical systems, a groundbreaking system Mazda calls i-ELOOP. As an i-ELOOP vehicle decelerates, the system converts kinetic energy into electricity which is stored in the capacitor for use as needed. In real-world driving conditions with frequent acceleration and braking i-ELOOP markedly improves fuel economy. Mazda Atenza and Mazda Axela have been equipped with i-ELOOP.

 

Step 3

Electric Motor Drive Technology: SKYACTIV-HYBRID

The hybrid system improves overall energy efficiency using an electric motor to assist the gasoline engine at times such as when running at low engine speeds or during low-load operation. In November 2013, Mazda introduced its first hybrid system “SKYACTIV-HYBRID” with the new Mazda Axela for the Japan market.

 


SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY

Comprehensive improvements in base technologies through SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY

SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is the collective name for Mazda’s comprehensive suite of groundbreaking improvements in base technologies. These technologies enhance the efficiency of powertrain components, reduce vehicle body weight, improve aerodynamics, and more.

Introduction of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY began in Japan in 2011 with a Mazda Demio (Mazda2 outside Japan) equipped with a SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine. This was followed in 2012 with the launch of Mazda CX-5, the first vehicle to incorporate the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY including gasoline/diesel engines, transmission, body and chassis. Next came the Mazda Atenza and a new Mazda Axela, both equipped with the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. For the future, Mazda will continue to expand its model range equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

 

Design Theme: KODO ­— Soul of Motion

KODO — Soul of Motion

Throughout its history Mazda Design has explored various forms that depict “motion.” In recent years, this has been fused with the graceful beauty found in movement in nature — in wind and the flow of water — to realize a unique Mazda design expression. Now this creative approach is evolving further, and the underlying design philosophy for the new generation of Mazda cars is to add the power and elegance seen in the instantaneous movement of animals or humans. Specifically, the form displayed in the moment motion begins — for example the instant when a cheetah pounces on its prey, or the moment of a sword strike in the ancient Japanese martial art of kendo. It is this moment when accumulated force is released that contains the most finely honed balance of strength and streamlined beauty. This instant of maximum concentration is when we feel instantaneous power, speed, a dignified tension and a refined beauty that is, in its way, highly seductive.

Mazda considers this instantaneous movement filled with vitality and the stirring of the emotions as the ultimate form of motion and has called it KODO — Soul of Motion. KODO is being incorporated into all Mazda designs, to express a faster, more forceful movement with a more soulful element. In Mazda CX-5, Atenza and the new Axela, Mazda expressed KODO design tailored to fit the characteristics of each model.

 

Mazda Proactive Safety

Advanced safety performance based on the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy

The philosophy guiding Mazda’s research and development of safety technologies is based on understanding, respecting and trusting the driver.

To drive safely it is essential to recognize potential hazards, exercise good judgment and operate the vehicle in an appropriate fashion. Mazda’s aim is to support these essential functions so that drivers can drive safely and with peace of mind, in spite of constantly changing driving conditions.

And since drivers are human beings, and human beings are fallible, Mazda offers a range of technologies which help prevent or reduce the damage resulting from an accident.

 

i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies

i-ACTIVSENSE is a unique suite of advanced Mazda safety technologies developed in accordance with Mazda’s safety philosophy. It includes driving support technologies, hazard recognition support technologies, and collision avoidance/damage reduction support technologies. The functions of each technology are as follows.

Hazard Recognition Support Technologies

• Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW)

The system detects a vehicle travelling ahead and helps the driver avoid collisions by sounding an alarm when there is a risk of collision.

 

• Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM)

The system detects vehicles approaching on either side from the rear and alerts the driver to potential risks when changing lanes.

• Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)

The system controls the direction of headlights according to vehicle speed and steering inputs, enabling the driver to see further around curves at night.

 


• High-Beam Control System (HBC)

The system detects oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead and automatically switches the headlights between high and low beams for safer nighttime driving.

 

• Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

The system detects lane markings on the road surface and warns the driver of imminent unintentional lane departures.

 

Driving Support Technologies

• Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC)

The system judges the relative speed and distance to the car ahead, and works within a set speed range to maintain a safe following distance, thus alleviating some of the burden on the driver when driving on highways.

 

Collision Avoidance/Damage Reduction Support Technologies

• Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)

If the system detects a risk of collision with a vehicle travelling ahead at speeds between approximately 4–30km/h, it automatically applies the brakes and reduces engine output with the aim of avoiding the collision or reducing the severity of impact.

 

• Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission (Japanese-specification models only)

The system comes into effect if the driver presses the accelerator pedal more than a prescribed amount when an obstacle is detected in front. It suppresses sudden acceleration by curbing engine output while alerting the driver with an alarm and a warning light on the meter display.

• Smart Brake Support (SBS)

This helps the driver avoid or reduce the severity of collisions, particularly when driving at speeds above 15km/h, by automatically applying the brakes if there is a danger of collision.

 

Note: i-ACTIVSENSE sensing devices may not work properly under certain weather and road conditions, and with objects with low reflectivity.

No safety technology or combination of such can prevent all accidents. These technologies are not a replacement for safe and attentive driving. Please drive carefully at all times and do not rely on technology to prevent an accident. Not all of these technologies are available on all models or in all markets.

 

Mazda safety initiatives using the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)

ITS is aimed at preventing traffic jams and accidents and realizing a safe automobile society by using communication technologies to connect vehicles, people and the traffic environment. Mazda is a participant in the ITS project, working in cooperation with the government, the local community and related companies. Since 1991, Mazda has been developing an Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV) and has also been evolving ITS technologies for over a decade.

• Mazda Atenza ASV-5 Advanced Safety Vehicle

Mazda is a participant in the 5th ASV project led by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and is promoting research and development of a road-to-vehicle/vehicle-to-vehicle cooperation system as well as Driving Safety Support Systems that combine communication and autonomous detection systems to reduce sudden collisions and accidents involving pedestrians.

One of the results is Atenza ASV-5, an advanced safety vehicle that combines i-ACTIVSENSE, ITS technologies and Mazda’s original HMI. In order to detect situations around the vehicle, Atenza ASV-5 uses milliwave radar and cameras in addition to information obtained from other vehicles, traffic signals and roadside sensors to support driver awareness including the blind spots. In addition, Mazda is aiming to provide a higher level of driving safety support by creating an intuitive HMI that allows the driver to handle such a large amount of information without distraction from driving.

World’s first streetcar-to-vehicle communication system trials on public roads

In Hiroshima City, Mazda’s hometown, streetcars form an essential component of the public transportation system. Mazda is promoting development of a system that prevents collisions between streetcars and vehicles, and supports smooth, safe driving for both. In September and October 2013, Mazda conducted the world’s first trial on public roads of its Driving Safety Support System that combines streetcar-to-vehicle communication and autonomous detection systems such as cameras and sensors.

The trial is aimed at establishing a safe transportation system that makes the most of the advantages of both rail and road transport.

 

Passive safety technologies

Mazda is constantly developing and refining technologies to reduce damage and protect occupants in an accident. To this end, Mazda regularly conducts tests* designed to assure compliance with NCAP and other national regulations, as well as collision tests simulating various possible road conditions.

*Crash test assessment, rollover test, roof strength test, etc.

 

SKYACTIV-BODY lightweight, high-rigidity vehicle body

The SKYACTIV-BODY is the result of a thorough reexamination of the basic principles of vehicle body construction, in particular the structure, engineering methods and materials. For example, the multi-load path structure efficiently absorbs the impact energy of a crash by dispersing it in multiple directions away from the cabin. And the world’s highest 1,800MPa-class high-tensile steel sheet is adopted for the front and rear bumper beams. With these and other measures, the SKYACTIV-BODY achieves light weight along with extremely high crash safety performance.

 

 


Mazda Connect

Mazda Connect*1 – Mazda’s new-generation car connectivity system provides interactive communication between people, the car and external networks

Mazda developed Mazda Connect, its new-generation car connectivity system introduced on the new Axela, to offer versatile connection to external networks without affecting the driver’s ability to drive safely.

With new hardware and upgradable software, Mazda Connect is able to respond to the diversification and evolution of information and entertainment media. In addition to conventional media such as CDs and radio, Mazda Connect gives access to the “AhaTM by HARMAN”*2 interactive infotainment platform for the first time in Japan, to offer a huge range of content including internet radio and SNS (Facebook, Twitter). Mazda also developed an original HMI design based on the Heads-Up Cockpit concept to give the highest levels of safe system operation while driving.

*1 The name Mazda Connect is used in Japan, the US, Canada and Mexico. The system is referred to as MZD Connect in other markets.

*2 Requires your smartphone be connected and the free Aha app installed prior to using the service.

 

Next-generation HMI based on Mazda’s Heads-Up Cockpit concept

The Heads-Up Cockpit is an original Mazda concept dedicated to helping drivers maintain a stable driving position and concentrate on driving safely even while dealing with a wide variety of information. Based on this concept, easy-to-use indication/operation devices and Graphical User Interface (GUI) minimize the cognitive, visual and manual distractions confronting a driver.

In particular, a 7-inch center display sits atop the dashboard to allow the driver to read information without lowering the eyes, and also to minimize visual distraction. The Active Driving Display projects important information including vehicle speed and navigation route on a panel raised up behind the meter hood, again minimizing the change in the driver’s line of sight. To minimize cognitive distraction caused by wondering how to operate devices, information is clearly categorized into zones by type. And to minimize manual distraction caused by operations, the commander control allows the driver to operate them without visual confirmation.

 


Approach to Energy Diversity

SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY: The Foundation for Mazda’s Constant Pursuit of Driving Pleasure

Mazda’s technology development is directed by the company’s “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” long-term vision calling for it to “provide all customers who purchase Mazda vehicles with driving pleasure as well as outstanding environmental and safety performance.” In terms of environmental performance, Mazda is pursuing CO2 reduction by globally deploying its unique SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY that completely re-engineers all of the vehicle’s base technologies from scratch. Mazda is also reducing vehicle weight, as well as gradually introducing electric devices including battery management (idling stop), brake energy regeneration, and motor drive technologies.

In addition to the challenges posed by CO2 reduction, Mazda believes that a “multi-solution” approach supporting energy diversity is another key factor in realizing a sustainable future. With SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY as a cornerstone, Mazda is making great efforts to develop fun-to-drive cars regardless of the type of power unit or energy source.

 

Alternative fuels: the possibilities and the challenges

Energy sources such as electricity, hydrogen, biomass fuels and natural gas can be considered as alternatives to gasoline and diesel, used since the birth of the automobile. However, biomass fuel and natural gas have issues such as their lower energy density compared with gasoline or diesel, and it is necessary to overcome these problems by innovating and implementing vehicle technologies. Furthermore, since policies and preferential treatment for these alternative fuels vary from country to country, Mazda must introduce technologies appropriate to the different situations in destination markets.

For example, bioethanol, which is made from corn, sugarcane and other plants is used in a blend with gasoline in most cases, and the mixture differs by country and region. Since bioethanol tends to erode metals and resins, vehicles need to be equipped with appropriate countermeasures according to the bioethanol gasoline mixture ratio used in the vehicle’s destination market. Furthermore, bioethanol’s energy density is lower than that of gasoline, so the engine must be tuned to fit individual fuel blend characteristics.

The future availability of natural gas has been expanded through technical innovations in extracting unconventional natural gas* such as shale gas. Wider adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) is expected since higher energy density can be gained by compressing the gas, and there is also the added benefit that it emits approximately 20% less CO2 than a gasoline engine of the same displacement..

*Unconventional natural gas is gas extracted from sources other than the usual geological formations.

 

“Multi-solution”: the Mazda approach to energy diversity

Both bioethanol and CNG have a higher octane value than gasoline, making them suitable for combustion at a high compression ratio. The SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine with its high compression ratio of 14.0:1 is a leading candidate for use with these alternative energy sources since it requires little additional development or tweaking.

Using SKYACTIV-G as a base, Mazda is pursuing the practical use of both a CNG engine and a bioethanol engine that supports E85, the 85% ethanol blend. In this way, in addition to gasoline, diesel or electricity (hybrids), Mazda is providing a “multi-solution” that allows customers to choose a power unit and energy source appropriate to where they live. The ultimate goal is to preserve driving pleasure unchanged, no matter what fuel is used, as well as excellent environmental performance.

 


Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept (Reference exhibit)

The Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept unveiled at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show has dedicated features including a gasoline/CNG dual fuel engine based on the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and a CNG tank. It delivers the same exhilarating driving pleasure as other Mazda vehicles.

 

Major specifications of Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept

Seating capacity

5

Overall length

4,580mm

Overall width

1,795mm

Overall height

1,455mm

Wheelbase

2,700mm

Engine type

Gasoline/CNG dual fuel engine based on SKYACTIV-G 2.0

Displacement

1,997cm3

Fuel tank capacity

Gasoline (unleaded regular): 51 liters

CNG: 75 liters (20MPa)

Fuel injection

Gasoline: in-cylinder direct-injection

CNG: port injection

Transmission

SKYACTIV-DRIVE (6AT)

Minimum turning radius

5.3m

 

Mazda Axela

THE MAZDA: Innovating the sports compact

The new Mazda Axela is the third in Mazda’s new-generation product lineup with the KODO — Soul of Motion design theme and the full suite of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Under the development concept of “THE MAZDA: Innovating the sports compact,” the company worked to further enhance all aspects of basic performance in the same way as it did with the current Mazda CX-5 and Mazda Atenza, delivering a generous serving of Mazda’s renowned driving pleasure and bringing together the very best Mazda has to offer.

Starting points for design were the dynamic KODO theme and a wide, powerful stance. The designers then sculpted body surfaces with bold, rhythmic curves to achieve standout styling with proportions that communicate Axela’s instantaneous power delivery. With regard to powerplants, Mazda’s hybrid system SKYACTIV-HYBRID is newly added to the range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. And to offer the driver peace of mind to match Mazda’s trademark exhilarating driving pleasure, the new Axela is equipped with the full suite of i-ACTIVSENSE, Mazda’s advanced safety technologies. In addition, the new Axela marks the debut of Mazda Connect, a car connectivity system that broadens the scope of driving pleasure. In total, the new Axela takes the basic elements of an automobile such as dynamic performance, packaging, ride comfort and quality to an entirely new level.

 

Design

The instant fascination of powerful, dynamic agility

The new Axela is completely reformed through KODO design. Not only does the exterior styling express dynamic vitality with forms that evoke a sense of forward momentum, it also incorporates strong, rhythmical surfaces with proportions that give a sense of instantaneous power. In the cabin, the cockpit evokes a feeling of speed with a space that naturally focuses the driver’s attention forward. This is balanced by the roomy comfort and reassuring environment of the passenger area. It all adds up to an emotionally refined interior that enhances anticipation of the drive the moment the door is opened.

 


Exterior design: dynamic forms with a feeling of condensed energy

The impression of “accelerating motion” that expresses the trained athlete’s instantaneous, explosive power comes from dynamic forms with a feeling of condensed energy. Viewed from the side, the visual center of gravity is beautifully balanced between the front and rear tires, and the cabin is located towards the rear of the body between the front/rear wheel arches to generate a look of powerful stability. And the wedge shape created by the low-set nose and large mass of the rear fenders expresses an energetic forward momentum. In addition, the rhythmical flow extending from the headlamps through the front fenders to the rear creates a dynamic undulation of the body surface.

The front grille with signature wing creates a distinctive design identity instantly recognizable as Mazda, delivering a sense of high quality with sculpted depth that appears to be carved out of a solid block of metal. The headlamps’ lighting signature consists of an LED light source, inner lens and light-guiding ring. This emphasizes the integrated look of the signature wing and creates a strong presence with a sharp line of light when the headlamps are switched on.

 

Interior design: simultaneous compression and openness

The design goal for the new Axela’s interior was a snugly fitting driver-oriented cockpit, while at the same time realizing a roomy, comfortable environment for passengers. To create an environment that encourages the driver to naturally focus on the road ahead, a theoretical vanishing point was established directly ahead of the driver. Then, all elements within the cabin were designed to flow along lines that converge at this single point to create an interior with a sense of integrated, forward-moving continuity.

The center of the driver’s seat is lined up along the same front-rear axis as the steering wheel and single centrally positioned analog meter, promoting a feeling of strong unity between driver and car. Thanks to this arrangement, the driver can concentrate on driving while the front passenger enjoys a relaxing, open environment. Rear seat passengers can also enjoy the drive, with no feeling of isolation from the front seat occupants.

 

 

Packaging

KODO design combined with relaxing comfort and superior functionality

For the new Axela, Mazda researched and quantified human sensory perception of the visual elements that enable people to get a sense of openness and security, and analyzed the results to determine the absolute values of a genuinely easy-to-use space. By basing space design on these absolute values, an ideal occupant space was achieved.

Increased width and a longer wheelbase than the previous-generation model allowed the realization of KODO design proportions. Although overall height is lower, the hip point is also lowered to secure headroom on par with the previous model. Furthermore, shoulder room has been expanded and seat shape optimized to yield more space for both front and rear seats.

 

Powertrain

Powertrain lineup offers driving pleasure and excellent environmental and safety performance

With the new Axela, Mazda becomes the first Japanese automaker to include gasoline, diesel, and hybrid power plants, and automatic and manual transmissions in the powertrain lineup of a single model launched on the domestic market.

 

SKYACTIV-G highly efficient direct-injection gasoline engine

Innovative technologies that include a 4-2-1 exhaust system, multi-hole injectors and cavity pistons achieve a high compression ratio of 13.0:1. In addition to the 2.0-liter engine used so far, the new Axela also has a newly developed 1.5-liter engine in the lineup. Torque and fuel economy are both improved compared to the previous model’s engine of the same displacement.

 

• Newly developed SKYACTIV-G 1.5

SKYACTIV-G 1.5 adopts a dedicated exhaust system with a pre-silencer that efficiently reduces exhaust gas pressure positioned between the catalytic converter and low exhaust pressure main silencer. The system increases the delivery efficiency of the fuel mixture to the combustion chambers, resulting in powerful torque throughout the engine’s speed range.

 

SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine

SKYACTIV-D 2.2 is a clean diesel engine with a low 14.0:1 compression ratio, offering exhilarating performance, excellent fuel economy and quiet operation. The engine reduces NOx (nitrogen oxides) and PM (particulate matter) emissions without requiring an aftertreatment system.

 

SKYACTIV-HYBRID, the Mazda hybrid system

Mazda introduces its hybrid system, SKYACTIV-HYBRID, to a Japanese-specification production model. A combination of the hybrid system and a version of the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine specially developed for the purpose yields excellent fuel economy alongside Jinba Ittai driving fun.

 

• Dedicated SKYACTIV-G 2.0 for hybrid system

The SKYACTIV-HYBRID-dedicated 2.0-liter gasoline engine adopts cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) that recirculates a portion of exhaust gas to the intake side, helping realize a 14.0:1 compression ratio. In addition, the engine incorporates control systems that enable more efficient combustion of fuel over a wider range of driving. The engine adopts a 4-1 exhaust system.

 

• Exhaust gas heat recovery system

Recovering thermal energy from exhaust gas shortens engine warm-up time, increasing the opportunities for engine stopping, and thereby improving fuel economy.

 

• Transaxle

The transaxle splits motive power from the engine into drive power and power to the generator, and transfers a combination of motor power and engine power to the drive wheels for seamless acceleration/deceleration.

 

• Power control unit

The power control unit steps up/steps down power from the high-voltage battery and supplies it to the motor, the auxiliary equipment, and the auxiliary battery. In addition, it manages electrical power to optimize supply to the motor and high-voltage battery. Furthermore, the unit performs generator control to adjust engine load.

 

• High-voltage battery

A nickel-metal hydride battery is adopted that is specifically developed for automotive use, having a simple structure and superior stability. Current, voltage, temperature and other measures are computer monitored and controlled to constantly maintain optimum status, helping enhance durability.

 

SKYACTIV-DRIVE — highly efficient six-speed automatic transmission

The substantially extended lock-up range of SKYACTIV-DRIVE yields a direct shift feel similar to a manual transmission as well as excellent acceleration. In addition, a Kickdown Switch is adopted, which enables kick-down timing control in accordance with the amount of accelerator pedal travel.

 

SKYACTIV-MT — highly efficient six-speed manual transmission

SKYACTIV-MT is a lightweight, compact six-speed manual transmission that allows sporty, predictable gear changes with a brisk shift feel. In addition to a ten percent shorter stroke than on the previous manual transmission, the optimized construction achieves smooth shifting while imparting a crisp feel to fast gear changes. Shortening the shift lever shaft approximately 70mm and increasing the tilt angle of the shift knob makes it easy to recognize the shifter’s position at a glance to help support more precise operation.

 

Dynamic Performance

Every mile driven deepens the Jinba Ittai connection between car and driver

The pleasure of Jinba Ittai driving, where car and driver merge together as one, cannot be achieved through speed and power alone. It requires that the car responds to the driver’s inputs linearly, precisely as he or she anticipates. The result is exhilarating, responsive driving as demonstrated in the CX-5 and Atenza.

Based on this concept, the driving pleasure which has been a top priority with the Axela since the first generation, has been advanced through the complete adoption of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY—engine, transmission, body and chassis—resulting in a vehicle that more closely follows the will of the driver. Every element of the new Axela has been crafted with the greatest importance placed on human senses, resulting in an even greater feeling of unity between car and driver.

 

Optimized driving position supports Jinba Ittai driving

In the cockpit, all devices the driver operates are located in their optimum positions, and the ideal driving position for stress-free driving is pursued. In addition to carefully distributing control switches around the driver’s seat, efforts were made to find the most relaxed operating position. The pedals, steering wheel and other controls involved in operating the vehicle are positioned accordingly to maintain the most comfortable joint angles and relaxed posture.

 

Three areas where Jinba Ittai driving stands out

• Accelerator control that responds precisely as the driver expects

The time to reach peak acceleration is precisely controlled to vary in a linear fashion according to how quickly the driver depresses the accelerator pedal. The acceleration feel was also closely examined, even in the hybrid model. Linear power responsiveness is achieved with progressive acceleration faithful to the driver’s intentions.

 

• With each mile driven, a stronger feeling of oneness with the car

Chassis development aimed at characteristics that deliver a tangible sense of agile load transfer between the four tires when driving, cornering and stopping. Particularly when cornering, lateral G force changes linearly owing to smooth body roll, informing the driver that the car will corner faithfully in accordance with his/her intentions.

 

Pleasing engine sound in response to accelerator pedal operation

Great attention was paid to the engine note to give a satisfying sound along with the acceleration the driver expects. Fine tuning was conducted with the hybrid model, too, so that the engine sound matches engine speed and acceleration. The result is an exciting sound with clear harmonics and a powerful beat the driver can feel.

 

SKYACTIV-CHASSIS — lightweight, high-performance chassis for responsive driving and a relaxed, comfortable ride

Suspension and steering systems are thoroughly revised to better convey the pleasure of Mazda’s Jinba Ittai driving experience, while ride quality is enhanced with dramatic improvements in comfort and peace of mind.

 

• Suspension system achieves a balance between agile driving performance, stability and ride comfort

The new Axela adopts MacPherson struts in the front and multi-link suspension in the rear. Front suspension caster angle and trail are increased, rear suspension link layout and bushing hardness are optimized, and a faster steering gear ratio is adopted. Taken together, this helps to simultaneously achieve greater straight-line stability at high speed along with an agile feel at low to mid-range speeds. In addition, spring rate and damping force of the rear dampers are optimized to yield greater ride comfort.

 

• Steering system with newly adopted electric power assist

A column-type electric power assist steering system is newly adopted, and the steering gear ratio is raised to 14.1:1 from the 16.2:1 ratio of the previous model. Power assist is lowered when driving at highway speeds to yield firm response, delivering a smooth feel to steering and exceptional stability.

 

• Brake system with excellent control and powerful braking

The brake system features ventilated discs at the front and solid discs at the rear. Development focused on delivering confidence-inspiring braking performance to give enjoyable driving under various road conditions, and also on realizing better control characteristics, particularly when first pressing the brake pedal.

In addition, an electronically controlled cooperative brake energy regeneration system is also adopted on the hybrid model, helping to achieve easy-to-control linear braking performance.

 


Lightweight, high-rigidity SKYACTIV-BODY supports superior handling and safety

The new Axela is equipped with the SKYACTIV-BODY to give the extreme rigidity required for maximum driving performance and safety. In addition to straight frame construction and ring structures, the body employs an increased number of weld bonds and spot weld points, as well as numerous other measures to achieve its high rigidity.

In addition, the use of high-tensile steel sheet is increased by approximately ten percent compared with the previous model. Front and rear bumper beams employ high-tensile steel sheet with the world’s highest strength rating of 1,800MPa, while 980MPa ultra-high-tensile steel sheet is adopted for reinforcement of the side sills. The result is a 31% improvement in torsional rigidity for the hatchback, and a 28% improvement for the sedan compared with the previous model, along with weight reduction.

 

Aerodynamics contribute to stability and fuel economy at highway speeds

Going beyond concentrating solely on the speed of airflow over and under the vehicle, development was based on Mazda’s “aerodynamically efficient ground line,” smoothing the underbody airflow and causing it to rise behind the car and converge with the overbody airflow to achieve a greater balance of top and bottom airflow while reducing turbulence. The results are demonstrated by a drag coefficient of 0.28 for the hatchback and 0.26 for the sedan: excellent aerodynamics for high-speed stability and better fuel economy.

 

• Active Air Shutter contributes to improved real-world fuel economy

The Active Air Shutter newly adopted on 2.0-liter gasoline engine models is mounted in front of the radiator, and opens and closes automatically depending on driving conditions. The shutter is normally closed to prevent cooling air from flowing into the lower grille, enhancing aerodynamics and contributing to improved real-world fuel economy.

 

Excellent quietness enhances driving pleasure and comfort

Mazda made efforts to reduce unpleasant noise and vibration to achieve a quiet and comfortable cabin as well as produce a pleasing engine sound during acceleration. After determining which parts are more susceptible to causing vibration or noise, CAE analysis was used to examine how the body frame vibrates and how resonance is produced in cavities, helping realize excellent quietness.

 

Safety

World-class safety to support the driving pleasure

i-ACTIVSENSE — Mazda’s advanced suite of safety technologies employing radar, camera and other sensing devices — supports the new Axela’s dynamic performance by assisting the driver with hazard recognition as well as collision avoidance and harm mitigation. At the same time, the lightweight high-rigidity SKYACTIV-BODY helps the new Axela attain world-class safety performance.

 

i-ACTIVSENSE technologies on the new Axela

• Technology supporting the driver for safe, enjoyable driving

– High-Beam Control System (HBC)

– Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)

 

• Technology for hazard warning and avoidance

– Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM)

– Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

 

• Technology for avoidance and mitigation of collisions/harm

– Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) and Distance Recognition Support System

– Smart Brake Support (SBS)

– Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)

– Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC)

 

Other active safety technologies

– Hill Launch Assist (HLA)

– Emergency Signal System (ESS)

 

Passive safety technology for mitigating harm

SKYACTIV-BODY achieves the highest ratings in national/regional assessments worldwide thanks to a unique structure that efficiently absorbs crash energy from any direction and suppresses cabin deformation, as well as a full complement of the latest equipment for passenger protection.

 

Environmental Performance

Initiatives aimed at protecting the environment

The new Axela introduces SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY across the board, including SKYACTIV-HYBRID. In combination with the i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system employing a capacitor, this achieves a dramatic improvement in fuel economy. Environmental protection considerations are met with reduced CO2 emissions and resource conservation.

 

SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY gives class-top levels of fuel economy

Fuel economy for the new Axela is greatly improved thanks to the adoption of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY for the powertrains of all models. Compared with the previous generation, the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine model achieves a 6%* improvement while the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 engine FWD model gets a 26%* boost in fuel economy. Axela Hybrid with the newly developed SKYACTIV-HYBRID system returns an exceptionally high 30.8km/L* fuel economy rating.

*JC08 mode fuel economy

 

Technologies contributing to superior fuel economy and resource saving

• Electronic control cooperative brake energy regeneration system supporting SKYACTIV-HYBRID

SKYACTIV-HYBRID’s electronic control cooperative brake energy regeneration system consists of two brake systems: regenerative brakes employing a motor, and hydraulic brakes. The two brake systems are adjusted to efficiently maximize energy recovery in accordance with vehicle speed, battery status and other attributes. Active conversion of the recovered energy to electrical power contributes to reducing fuel consumption.

 

• SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine

Clears the world’s strictest regulations — Japan’s “2009 Exhaust Gas Regulations (Post-long term)” — without the need for a NOx trap catalyst employing precious metal.

 

• Mazda’s original i-stop idling stop system

Both gasoline and diesel engine models offer quick and easy restarts from idling stop situations. The system improves fuel economy by saving the fuel wasted when the vehicle is stopped in traffic or at a signal light.

 

• i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system

During deceleration, the system efficiently recovers and stores energy to supply power to electrical equipment, and also charges the battery when necessary. i-ELOOP greatly reduces the fuel consumed to generate electricity by an engine equipped with conventional technology.

 

• Single nanotechnology catalyst

Adoption of a single nanotechnology catalyst enhances exhaust gas treatment performance while reducing the amount of precious metal required.

 

• Bioplastic radiator tank

The radiator tank of the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 model is made from a plant-derived material to reduce use of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions.

 


Heads-Up Cockpit & Mazda Connect

New HMI based on the Heads-Up Cockpit concept

In tandem with its enhancement of car connectivity, Mazda has introduced a next-generation HMI based on the “Heads-Up Cockpit” concept. The new HMI boasts a human-centered design with a newly developed, easy-to-use display/operating device cluster that includes Mazda’s original commander control, and a GUI. It is specifically designed to minimize these three factors that can easily distract the driver’s attention: cognitive, visual and manual distraction.

 

Minimizing cognitive distraction

• Cockpit divided into two distinct zones

When designing the new Axela’s cockpit, information to be presented to the driver was classified as either ‘information for driving’ or ‘information for entertainment and convenience’ and was then allocated to one of two distinct zones. Information required for driving such as vehicle speed, engine speed, safety warnings, etc., is presented in the zone located directly in front of the driver, while information for entertainment and convenience including map data, infotainment data, etc., is shown in the 7-inch center display on the dashboard.

 

Minimizing visual distraction

• Active Driving Display

The Active Driving Display projects information as a virtual image on a clear display panel (combiner) that rises up behind the meter hood. With the focal point set approximately 1.5 meters from the driver’s eye point, it is possible to check information with minimal eye movement and focal adjustment.

 

• 7-inch center display

The standalone center display is located on the dashboard. Ergonomic studies of ease of use dictated font size, line spacing and the number of lines displayed, which in turn dictated the display’s 7-inch size and position.

 

Minimizing manual distraction

• Commander control

The commander control and its switches are laid out in a position where the driver’s hand naturally falls, allowing operation of functions shown on the center display entirely by feel, without requiring the driver to make visual confirmation.

 

Mazda Connect — The new-generation car connectivity system

Mazda Connect allows access to infotainment on the internet while driving via Bluetooth® connection with the user’s smartphone (iOS or Android). Mazda Connect’s outstanding feature is its compatibility with the free Aha Radio application from “AhaTM by HARMAN” that gives access to internet radio, Twitter, Facebook and an enormous range of other content.

System updates are easily accomplished, enabling the user to keep pace with the rapidly evolving smartphone environment such as OS updates, adding new features and other changes.

 

Mazda Connect features

• Audio features

In addition to AM/FM terrestrial radio, music CD playback and other conventional features, linking with a smartphone allows access to Aha Radio content and other internet radio programing.

 

• Communication features

Connection to a smartphone allows use of the hands-free phone and SMS text-to-voice functions. Drivers can also reply to messages received using preset messages. In addition, access to Aha’s social media content allows the driver to receive new tweets on Twitter and Facebook newsfeeds by text-to-voice and even reply with “Like” entries or post audio messages.

 

• Navigation features

With a navigation-dedicated SD media card (optional) inserted, drivers can use the navigation features on the center display. It is also possible, even while driving, to search registered destinations and driving history using the commander control.

• Applications

Various applications are available, including “i-DM” which displays the functions of Intelligent Drive Master (i-DM), as well as applications which allow the driver to check the status of i-stop and i-ELOOP, and which display the schedule for oil changes, etc.

 

Mazda Axela (Japan model) Technical Specifications

All figures and specifications may vary by market.

Dimensions

 

Axela Sport

(FWD/4WD)

Axela Sedan

(FWD/4WD)

Axela Hybrid

(FWD)

Seating capacity

5

Overall length

4,460mm

4,580mm

Overall width

1,795mm

Overall height

1,470mm (FWD)

1,480mm (4WD)

1,455mm (FWD)

1,465mm (4WD)

Wheelbase

2,700mm

Track

Front 1,555mm/Rear 1,560mm

Ground clearance

155mm

155mm (FWD)

165mm (4WD)

Minimum turning radius

5.3m

Luggage space capacity (VDA)

364L (FWD)

362L (4WD)

419L (Axela Sedan)

312L (Axela Hybrid)

 

SKYACTIV Engines

 

SKYACTIV-G 1.5

SKYACTIV-G 2.0

SKYACTIV-D 2.2

FWD

4WD

Displacement

1,496cm3

1,997cm3

2,188cm3

Bore x stroke

74.5mm x 85.8mm

83.5mm x 91.2mm

86.0mm x 94.2mm

Compression ratio

13.0

13.0

14.0

Max. power

82kW (111PS)/6,000rpm

114kW (155PS)/6,000rpm

129KW (175PS)/4,500rpm

Max. torque

144Nm (14.7kgf·m)/3,500rpm

196Nm (20.0kgf·m)/4,000rpm

420Nm (42.8kgf·m)/2,000rpm

Fuel tank capacity

51L

48L

51L

51L

Fuel type

Unleaded regular

Unleaded regular

Diesel

Transmission

6AT

6MT

6AT

6AT

6AT

6MT

 

SKYACTIV-HYBRID

Engine Displacement

1,997cm3

Bore x stroke

83.5mm x 91.2mm

Compression ratio

14.0

Max. power

73kW (99PS)/5,200rpm

Max. torque

142Nm (14.5kgf·m)/4,000rpm

 

 

Motor Type

AC synchronous motor

(Permanent magnet type synchronous motor)

Max. power

60kW (82PS)

Max. torque

207Nm (21.1kgf·m)

Total system power output

100kW (136PS)

 

Chassis

Suspension

Front: MacPherson strut/Rear: multi-link

Tire size

205/60R16 92V

215/45R18 89W

Wheel size

16 x 6-1/2J

18 x 7J

Steering type

Rack and pinion

Brakes

Front: ventilated discs/Rear: discs

 

Fuel efficiency and vehicle weight

Engine

SKYACTIV-G 1.5

Drive type

FWD

4WD

Transmission

6AT

6MT

6AT

Fuel efficiency (JC08 mode)

19.4km/L (Axela Sport)

19.6km/L (Axela Sedan)

19.2km/L

17.8km

Vehicle weight

1,270kg

1,240kg

1,350kg (Axela Sport)

1,340kg (Axela Sedan

 

Engine

SKYACTIV-G 2.0

SKYACTIV-D 2.2

SKYACTIV-HYBRID

Transmission

6AT

6AT

6MT

Electric CVT

Fuel efficiency (JC08 mode*1)

19.0km/L

19.6km/L

Awaiting homologation

30.8km/L

Vehicle weight

1,310kg

1,450kg

1,430kg*2

1,390g

 

*1 Values (verified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) measured under predetermined test conditions. Actual values may vary by driving environment (weather, traffic density, etc.) and driving conditions (sudden acceleration, with/without air conditioning, etc.)

*2 Mazda measurements

 

 


Mazda Atenza

New-generation Flagship Brings an Added Dimension to the Celebration of Driving

Mazda Atenza is the second member of a new generation of Mazda vehicles that adopt the KODO — Soul of Motion design theme and the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. And as Mazda’s flagship model, Atenza takes the company’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom vision to a new and higher level. A wide range of innovative technologies including the powerful, highly efficient SKYACTIV-D 2.2 new-generation clean diesel engine, gives Atenza both exhilarating performance and an enjoyable, comfortable driving feel.

 

Design

Distinctive KODO design combines dynamic proportions with a uniquely Japanese esthetic

The KODO — Soul of Motion design theme underpins Atenza’s pure form, with dynamism and emotional appeal intricately blended to evoke an intelligent, dignified, and spirited poise appropriate for Mazda’s flagship model: its powerful presence generates excitement and anticipation of the driving pleasure to come.

A single glance at the exterior communicates animal grace, dignity and a sporty flare thanks to the car’s smooth and powerful physique. And for the interior, Mazda focused on creating the same sense of speed as the exterior by adopting black as the basic color tone to ensure tasteful coordination of design elements throughout the cabin. The tactile quality of materials was also a focal point of design.

 

Driving Dynamics

The exhilarating harmony of the Jinba Ittai driving experience

Mazda aimed to realize an exhilarating driving experience by uniting the driver and car. In terms of acceleration characteristics, this means smooth, linear acceleration in response to accelerator pedal inputs without a hint of jerkiness or delay. For cornering, this means faithfully responding to steering inputs, providing immediate feedback from the road and mildly increasing roll so that the car maintains the desired cornering line. Finally, for braking, this means braking performance that gives the driver the feeling of being in complete control, including when releasing the brakes. By fully utilizing SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and closely concentrating on human sensitivity in this way, Mazda strove to balance the fundamentally contradictory characteristics of motion: refined, supple motion and light, agile motion. As a result, driving performance including superior high-speed straight-line stability as well as handling faithful to the driver’s intentions have been realized at the high level appropriate for Mazda’s flagship model.

 

SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY in Atenza

• SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine

Low compression ratio: 14.0:1

Maximum Power: 129kW (175PS)/4,500rpm

Maximum Torque: 420Nm (42.8kgf•m)/2,000rpm

Fuel Economy (JC08 mode*): 22.4km/L (Sedan/6MT)

22.2km/L (Wagon/6MT)

20.0km/L (Sedan and Wagon/6AT)

 

• SKYACTIV-G 2.0 highly efficient direct-injection gasoline engine

High compression ratio: 13.0:1

Maximum Power: 114kW (155PS)/6,000rpm

Maximum Torque: 196Nm (20.0kgf•m)/4,000rpm

Fuel Economy (JC08 mode*): 17.4km/L (Sedan and Wagon/6AT)

 

• SKYACTIV-G 2.5 highly efficient direct-injection gasoline engine

High compression ratio: 13.0:1

Maximum Power: 138kW (188PS)/5,700rpm

Maximum Torque: 250Nm (25.5kgf•m)/3,250rpm

Fuel Economy (JC08 mode*): 16.0km/L (Sedan and Wagon/6AT)


• SKYACTIV-DRIVE highly efficient automatic transmission

SKYACTIV-DRIVE realizes a direct driving feel similar to a manual transmission. This six-speed automatic transmission also contributes to improving fuel economy.

 

• SKYACTIV-MT highly efficient manual transmission

SKYACTIV-MT is a six-speed manual transmission offering a quick, crisp shift feel to heighten the exhilarating driving feel.

 

• SKYACTIV-BODY lightweight, highly rigid vehicle body

Mazda adopted the concepts of “straightening” to make the basic frame design as straight as possible, and “continuous framework” in which each section functions in a coordinated manner with every other section. Thanks to these measures, SKYACTIV-BODY achieves light weight allied with extreme rigidity to enhance both the exhilarating driving experience and crash safety performance.

 

• SKYACTIV-CHASSIS high-performance lightweight chassis

Suspension and steering functions have been thoroughly revised to achieve the highest-level balance between “the driving pleasure of unity between car and driver” and “a comfortable and secure driving feel.”

 

*Values (verified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) measured under predetermined test conditions. Actual values may vary by driving environment (weather, traffic density, etc.) and driving conditions (sudden acceleration, with/without air conditioning, etc.)

 

 

Environmental and Safety Performance

Original Mazda technologies deliver excellent environmental performance

• i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system

Japanese-specification models are equipped with the i-ELOOP system as standard equipment. i-ELOOP instantaneously stores large amounts of electricity harvested from the vehicle’s kinetic energy when braking for later use. This contributes to improved real-world fuel economy since the engine requires less of the gasoline used to generate electricity.

 

• i-stop idling stop system

The i-stop system improves fuel economy by saving the gasoline wasted when stopped in traffic or at a signal, and also realizes comfortable driving with its smooth engine restart. Japanese-specification gasoline and diesel models are equipped with the i-stop system as standard.

 

i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies

In addition to its excellent, linear-response driving performance, Atenza incorporates i-ACTIVSENSE, Mazda’s comprehensive suite of advanced safety technologies. The system supports the driver in recognizing potential hazards and decision-making to avoid them. It also functions to reduce damage in case of a collision. i-ACTIVSENSE helps Atenza achieve world-class levels of safety.

 

i-ACTIVSENSE technologies on Atenza

Hazard recognition support technologies:

Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW)

Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM)

Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)

High-Beam Control System (HBC)

Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

Driving support technologies

Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC)

 

Collision avoidance/damage reduction support technologies:

Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)

Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission

Smart Brake Support (SBS)

 

Mazda CX-5

Mazda’s New-generation Crossover SUV delivers Advanced Driving Pleasure

Mazda CX-5 debuted as the first in a new generation of Mazda vehicles featuring the KODO — Soul of Motion design theme in addition to the full range of Mazda’s breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Developed around SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY — including gasoline and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, and body and chassis — CX-5 is engineered to provide precise response and a high-quality, rewarding ride matched with outstanding environmental and safety performance. In October 2013, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 high-efficiency direct-injection gasoline engine offering both a satisfying driving experience and excellent fuel economy was newly added to CX-5’s engine lineup.

 

Design

Form that conveys a strong sense of vitality and agility: the first incarnation of KODO — Soul of Motion

CX-5 is the first production model to feature Mazda’s KODO design theme. Inspired by and embodying the graceful, athletic movements of an animal, CX-5 appeals with its keenly honed dynamism and strong, confident presence. At the same time, the dynamic and emotional exterior styling also expresses SUV-like solidity and functionality.

For the interior, Mazda created a driver-oriented cabin with solid styling that reflects CX-5’s strength and high rigidity. Meticulous attention was paid to the quality of the materials employed in the superbly functional and attractive interior, resulting in a cockpit that invites people to get in, touch and drive.

 

Dynamic Performance

Focus on predictable and responsive handling, for a more refined and enjoyable driving experience

With regard to dynamic performance, Mazda concentrated on maximizing the enjoyment provided by predictable, responsive handling: in other words, the focus was on ensuring the car responds exactly as the driver intends and anticipates, a goal achieved thanks to SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and Mazda’s person-centric approach.

CX-5’s dynamic performance was developed and refined through this person-centric approach. This means assuring maximum ease of use in every interface between car and driver, including the steering and pedals, as well as field-of-view and visibility. The engineers thoroughly analyzed the entire driving process from how the vehicle responds to the driver’s intentions and inputs and provides feedback, through to how the driver receives that feedback and moves on to the next driving action. The results obtained were meticulously tuned at each stage of driving operations, (accelerating, turning and stopping) to achieve predictable and responsive handling.

 

SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY in CX-5

• SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine

Low compression ratio: 14.0:1

Maximum Power: 129kW (175PS)/4,500rpm

Maximum Torque: 420Nm (42.8kgf•m)/2,000rpm

Fuel Economy (JC08 mode*): 18.6km/L (FWD vehicle)

 


• SKYACTIV-G 2.0 highly efficient direct-injection gasoline engine

High compression ratio: 13.0:1

Maximum Power: 114kW (155PS)/6,000rpm

Maximum Torque: 196Nm (20.0kgf•m)/4,000rpm

Fuel Economy (JC08 mode*): 16.4km/L (FWD vehicle)

 

• SKYACTIV-G 2.5 highly efficient direct-injection gasoline engine

High compression ratio: 13.0:1

Maximum Power: 138kW (188PS)/5,700rpm (FWD vehicle)

135kW (184PS)/5,700rpm (4WD vehicle)

Maximum Torque: 250Nm (25.5kgf•m)/3,250rpm (FWD vehicle

245Nm (25.0kgf•m)/4,000rpm (4WD vehicle)

Fuel Economy (JC08 mode*): 15.2km/L (FWD vehicle)

14.6km/L (4WD vehicle)

 

• SKYACTIV-DRIVE highly efficient automatic transmission

SKYACTIV-DRIVE realizes the direct driving feel of a manual transmission. This six-speed automatic transmission also contributes to improving fuel economy.

 

• SKYACTIV-BODY lightweight, highly rigid vehicle body

Mazda adopted the concepts of “straightening” to make the basic frame design as straight as possible, and “continuous framework” in which each section functions in a coordinated manner with every other section. Thanks to these measures, SKYACTIV-BODY achieves light weight allied with extreme rigidity to enhance both the exhilarating driving experience and crash safety performance.

 


• SKYACTIV-CHASSIS high-performance lightweight chassis

Suspension and steering functions have been thoroughly revised to achieve the highest-level balance between “the driving pleasure of unity between car and driver” and “a comfortable and secure driving feel.”

*Values (verified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) measured under predetermined test conditions. Actual values may vary by driving environment (weather, traffic density, etc.) and driving conditions (sudden acceleration, with/without air conditioning, etc.)

 

4WD system

The 4WD system introduced on the CX-5 assures enjoyable driving on all road conditions along with excellent fuel economy. In the development of this 4WD system, Mazda pursued optimum efficiency by reducing mechanical resistance and energy loss, paying particular attention to areas from system configuration to control.

To reduce mechanical resistance, wall thickness and size of structures for the entire system, including the rear differential unit and drive shafts, were reduced. With regard to control, Mazda concentrated on slip loss between the tires and the road surface, dramatically increasing energy efficiency by keeping transmission of drive power down to the required minimum. As a result, CX-5 simultaneously realizes exceptional 4WD drivability, crisp steering, and excellent fuel economy.

 

Environmental and Safety Performance

High level harmony of excellent environmental performance and driving pleasure

Standard equipment i-stop idling stop system, SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, superior aerodynamic performance and a host of other technologies combine to achieve excellent fuel economy.

 

World’s highest level of safety performance through evolved basic vehicle performance and advanced safety technologies

CX-5 is equipped with i-ACTIVSENSE, Mazda’s comprehensive suite of advanced safety technologies. In combination with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY’s excellent handling stability and world-ranked crash safety performance, this gives CX-5 the high levels of safety performance that support safe driving.

 

i-ACTIVSENSE technologies on CX-5

Hazard recognition support technologies:

Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM)

Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)

High-Beam Control System (HBC)

Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

 

Collision avoidance/damage reduction support technologies:

Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)

Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission

Mazda at the

43rd Tokyo Motor Show

 

Sustainable Zoom-Zoom moves forward

 

Energy diversity and safety will be front and centre at Mazda’s exhibit at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Highlights include the world premiere of the Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid. Mazda’s all-new compact is thus the first model in Japan available with petrol, diesel and hybrid drives. Yet another alternative will be on stage, too, as the company unveils its Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG concept. Finally, with the Mazda6 ASV-5, Mazda will showcase one the world’s most advanced traffic safety concepts ever. Innovation is the future, and the future is here.

 

 

Table of contents

 

1. Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid

2. Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG concept

3. Mazda6 ASV-5 Advanced Safety Vehicle

 

 

 


Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid

 

Mazda’s first hybrid: It’s another major milestone for Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, Mazda’s vision to deliver the best of all motoring worlds. The electric-petrol drive will initially power the all-new Mazda3*, which is also making its Japanese debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

 

The latest addition to the SKYACTIV family, the SKYACTIV-Hybrid uses an electric motor to assist the SKYACTIV petrol engine, especially at low engine speeds and during low load operation. The engine, a specially modified SKYACTIV-G 2.0, features ultra-high 14:1 compression, a 4-1 exhaust manifold and unique control systems for more efficient combustion over a wider operating range. It also utilises exhaust gas recirculation, recovering exhaust heat to reduce warm-up times and allow more fuel-saving engine stops.

 

So much for efficient power production. To get it to the front wheels, a transaxle splits output from the SKYACTIV-G into drive power and generator power. In doing so, it transfers the most effective combination of output from the petrol engine and electric motor. The result: seamless, linear acceleration. A power control unit, meanwhile, steps battery power up and down to supply the electric motor, auxiliary equipment and auxiliary battery, in the process optimising the electricity supply the motor and elsewhere. Computer monitoring of the nickel-metal hydride battery’s current, voltage and temperature, among other things, helps maintain the ideal battery status and enhance its durability.

 

The upshot: The all-new Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid is remarkably frugal, consuming only 3.2l/100km according to Japan’s JC08 test cycle. And with a total system output of 100kW (136PS), it is also exceptionally fun to drive.

 

Down to the details

An uncompromising hybrid from an uncompromising carmaker: The engine sound is even tuned to match engine speed and acceleration for a genuinely Mazda Jinba Ittai rider-and-horse-as-one driving experience. Yet another highlight is the SKYACTIV-Hybrid’s cooperative brake energy regeneration setup, which consists of regenerative brakes employing an electric motor as well as hydraulic brakes.

The two systems work together not only to ensure outstanding linear braking,

but also to maximise the recovery of energy, which is then converted to electricity to further improve fuel economy.

 

Of course, the all-new Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid comes with the same cutting-edge

safety technology, connectivity, interior design and layout as any other Mazda3. And the same head-turning “KODO – Soul of Motion” exterior, lightweight SKYACTIV-Body, and the superb handling of the SKYACTIV-Chassis. So it’s just as safe, just as enjoyable, and even more fuel efficient. Mazda continues to defy convention, and it’s quite exciting. .

 

* Mazda Axela in Japan

 

 

 

Mazda: Building for tomorrow

 

Sustainable Zoom-Zoom is Mazda’s approach for a sustainable future. It calls for the step-by-step introduction of new technology to enhance the environmental friendliness and safety of its entire model line-up, but without compromising to Mazda’s patented driving fun. The SKYACTIV-Hybrid marks the next step forward, following in the footsteps of technology like i-stop, the idle-stop system delivering the world’s fastest restarts, and i-ELOOP, Mazda’s unique brake energy regeneration system.

 

 

 


Specifications: Mazda3 SKYACTIV-Hybrid

Petrol engine Displacement

1,997cm3

Bore x stroke

83.5mm x 91.2mm

Compression ratio

14.0:1

Max. power

73kW (99PS) at 5,200rpm

Max. torque

142Nm at 4,000rpm

Electric motor Type

AC synchronous motor

(Permanent magnet type synchronous motor)

Max. power

60kW / 82PS

Max. torque

207Nm

Total system power output

100kW / 136PS

 

 

Fuel economy & weights: Mazda3 (models available in Japan)

Engine

SKYACTIV-G 2.0

SKYACTIV-D 2.2

SKYACTIV-HYBRID

Powertrain

FWD

Transmission

6AT

6AT

6MT

Electric CVT

Fuel economy*

19.0km/l (5.3l/100km)

19.6km/l (5.1l/100km)

Awaiting homologation

30.8km/l (3.2l/100km)

Vehicle weight

1,310kg

1,450kg*

1,430kg**

1,390kg

 

Engine

SKYACTIV-G 1.5

Powertrain

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6AT

6MT

6AT

Fuel economy*

hatchback 19.4km/l (5.2l/100km)

sedan: 19.6km/l (5.1l/100km)

19.2km/l (5.2l/100km)

17.8km/l (5.6l/100km)

Vehicle weight

1,270kg

1,240kg

hatchback: 1,350kg

sedan: 1,340kg

 

 

* Measured according to Japan’s rigorous JC08 test cycle

** Mazda in-house figure

Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG concept

 

It’s the spirit of Sustainable Zoom-Zoom: Having the right models suited to the widest possible range of customers. This is why, alongside the SKYACTIV-Hybrid, Mazda is also unveiling its Mazda3* SKYACTIV-CNG concept in Tokyo.

 

Like all its new-generation models and model variants, SKYACTIV Technology provides the basis for Mazda’s dual-fuel compact. Another link in the chain of potential customer needs, the Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG concept features a special dual-fuel SKYACTIV-G 2.0 with separate petrol and compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks. It thus delivers outstanding flexibility while also extending range. And, as always, 100 per cent Mazda driving fun.

 

With its 14:1 compression ratio, the unconventional SKYACTIV-G is ideal for alternative fuels like natural gas and ethanol that have higher octane values than petrol, since it requires little additional development or even tweaking.

 

Adaptability is the keyword here for Mazda. Since all its main models are global models, the company is taking a multi-solution approach to be ready for different markets with different policies and preferences in terms of fuel.

 

Flexible Zoom-Zoom

After petrol, diesel and hybrid power, CNG was the logical next step. With the recovery of unconventional natural gas sources like shale gas becoming commercially viable around the world, natural gas is a truly feasible alternative to petrol and diesel. Particularly in compressed CNG form, which has a higher energy density than, say, liquefied natural gas. And with no compromises, either, since an engine running on CNG produces some 20 per cent less CO2 than a petrol-burning unit while at the same time releasing more energy.

 

Currently, CNG is most popular in places like Iran, South America, India and Pakistan. But it is growing in popularity in Europe, too, with Italy leading the way both in terms of the number of cars on the road as well as the CNG infrastructure.

 

 

Specifications: Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG concept

Seating capacity

5

Overall length

4,580mm

Overall width

1,795mm

Overall height

1,455mm

Wheelbase

2,700mm

Engine type

Petrol/CNG dual-fuel engine based on

SKYACTIV-G 2.0

Displacement

1,997cm3

Fuel tank capacity

Petrol (regular unleaded): 51 litres

CNG: 75 litres (20MPa)

Fuel injection

Petrol: in-cylinder direct-injection

CNG: port injection

Transmission

SKYACTIV-Drive (six-speed automatic)

Minimum turning radius

5.3m

 


Mazda6 ASV-5

Advanced Safety Vehicle

 

A world without car accidents: Uncompromising safety is a core element of Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, and Mazda is tireless in its efforts to continually advance this aspect of its vehicles. Reinforcing its position as a world safety technology leader, Mazda will display one of its key projects – that Mazda6* ASV-5 – in Tokyo.

 

Short for advanced safety vehicle, the ASV-5 combines the Mazda Proactive Safety concept with Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies. Mazda Proactive Safety encompasses the array of technology and design features available with Mazda models to minimise accident risks. These ranges from the advanced i-ACTIVSENSE range of sensor-based safety systems available on all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 to the company’s intuitive cabin-based human-machine interface (HMI), which helps the driver effectively and safely handle all the information provided by such systems.

 

ITS now takes it one step further. Developed by a consortium of Mazda, the University of Tokyo, Hiroshima Electric Railway Co. and Japan’s National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory, ITS connects vehicles, trams and people to prevent accidents as well as traffic jams. The goal: no less than a safe mobile society.

 

World-first technology

Initial results are encouraging after the ASV-5 began street trials in Hiroshima, Japan in September. It utilises world’s first system enabling trams and cars to share data, including vehicle type, location, direction of travel, and braking and turn signal information. In addition to information obtained from other vehicles, traffic signals and roadside sensors, the specially-equipped Mazda6 sedan also uses milliwave radar, microwave sensors and cameras to support driver awareness by keeping an “eye” on the surroundings, and especially the blind spots. Like in many European cities, trams are an essential component of Hiroshima’s public transportation system, carrying around 150,000 people daily.

 

Together, The ASV-5 and ITS technologies mark some major progress in

establishing a safe and effective transportation system that reaps the greatest benefit from both rail and road transport. Another convention-defying concept brought to you by Mazda.

 

* Mazda Atenza in Japan