TOKYO - Mazda plans to make all of its vehicles electric-based, including gasoline hybrids, by the early 2030s, Japanese media reported on Friday, as more automakers shift strategies to meet tightening global emission regulations. The Japanese automaker plans to use electric motors in all of its models by that time, Kyodo News reported, without citing sources. A Mazda spokeswoman declined to comment on the report. At the moment, Mazda's lineup does not include any all-battery electric vehicles. It does offer a hybrid version of the Mazda3, but it's only available in Japan. The company has also experimented with a range-extended electric Mazda2, which used a tiny rotary engine to produce electricity. The move is consistent with the company's Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 plan, which lays out the launch of various green powertrains. Among them are electrified models coming out in 2019. That same year will include the launch of the company's new SkyActiv-X engine, a compression ignition gasoline engine, which promises fuel efficiency improvement of 20- to 30 percent over comparable spark-ignition gas engines. This engine could hypothetically be combined with hybrid technology for even greater gains in efficiency, or even performance if the company so chooses. Mazda's recent partnership with Toyota also means Mazda could be able to quickly develop hybrids and electrics using Toyota's existing technology. This news that Mazda will begin primarily focusing on electric powertrains does seem contrary to Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai's statement that its gasoline, diesel and electric vehicle technologies would "co-exist" in the future. Mazda on Thursday also launched a new CX-8 three-row crossover for the Japanese market, which is currently only available with a diesel engine. The company also plans to finally introduce a diesel engine to the United States in the CX-5 crossover. Assuming that Mazda's move to fully electrified vehicles is true, it will join a couple of other automakers planning to do the same. Volvo Car Group in July said that all of its new models from 2019 would feature some amount of electrification, and Jaguar-Land Rover will follow suit starting in 2020. Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu. Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips. Additional words from Joel Stocksdale.
Mazda is launching a fresh range of accessories for its all-new CX-5 and CX-3 SUVs in the UK, allowing for easier personalization options.
For the CX-5, the Japanese automaker is offering a £850 Aero Pack, which adds front, rear and side skirts, whereas the £550 Interior LED Pack consists of welcome illumination, an LED interior lighting package, illuminating scuff plates and LED puddle lights that shine the Mazda logo on the tarmac when the door is open.
The iconic rotary engine is still under development by a small team of engineers at Mazda, despite the company’s continuing focus on increasing its global footprint at the cost of investing heavily in the drivetrain.
Speaking to CarAdvice at the Mazda technology forum in Frankfurt last week, the Japanese company's director and senior managing executive officer of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, admitted that while work continues on the rotary engine, Mazda needs to invest its limited R&D budget into other technologies, for the time being.
Mazda has outlined its plans for the next generation of its powertrains as well as its autonomous driving and styling outlook as it seeks to cement its position as a manufacturer that sees long-term viability in the internal combustion engine.
Hosting the Mazda technology forum in Frankfurt last week, the Japanese company reinforced its belief that the internal combustion engine will be around for decades to come, rationalising its position against fuel-efficient electrification of the automobile by showcasing what it dubs real world ‘well to wheel' emissions.
Mazda has taken a swipe at the media's role in propagating the benefits of electric cars for the environment, which Mazda says is blinding the public about the true CO2 emissions of such vehicles, in favour of a new-generation of internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies.
Speaking to CarAdvice at last week's Mazda technology forum in Germany, the Japanese company's head of powertrain development, Ichiro Hirose, said there needs to be more serious and honest discussions about electric vehicle emissions and their total ‘well-to-wheel’ measurement, and not just tailpipe emissions.
Despite being the second-best-selling brand here, Mazda Australia believes it still has the potential to further improve its position in the market.
Speaking to CarAdvice at the Mazda technology forum in Frankfurt this week, the recently appointed boss of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the outlook for the next five years remains positive for the brand.
The recently unveiled Mazda CX-8 has now been made available for the Australian market, with the company’s local arm this week confirming the seven-seat, diesel-only SUV is in its consideration set for 2018.
Speaking to CarAdvice after this week’s Mazda technology forum in Frankfurt, Mazda Australia marketing boss Alastair Doak confirmed availability of the CX-8 for our market.
Mazda has confirmed it is working on a next-generation rotary engine that may arrive in time for its centenary anniversary in 2020.
Speaking to Australia’s Wheels Magazine, Mazda’s Technical Research Centre and Integrated Control System Development boss, Mitsuo Hitomi, revealed the automaker is working on a new rotary engine. Hitomi said development of the rotary has focused on fixing some of the well-known shortcomings of the engine, such as apex seal wear and oil consumption. He also acknowledged that it isn’t possible to achieve the same emissions levels as a conventional engine in a rotary.