Mazda Motor Corp ups production of SKYACTIV engines

Mazda Motor Corporation of Japan has realized that by just producing 400,000 SKYACTIV engines it will not suffice in the long run. Demand is at its peak and hence the company has taken stock of their production and resolved to increase demand. From October 2012, Mazda will be producing 800,000 units of SKYACTIV engines to meet this increasing demand.

The company’s Japanese plant currently produces Skyactiv-D and Skyactiv-G engines with Mazda Skyactiv Technology. With Mazda setting targets of 1,700,000 vehicles by March 2016, 80% of these vehicles utilize Skyactive technology and hence to keep up with demand the company will have to step on the accelerator where production of these engines is concerned. The current model of CX-5 which is in great demand across Japan is a full Skyactiv vehicle.

Skyactiv-G is an efficient direct injection gasoline engine. It complies with global exhaust gas regulations and achieves the lowest compression ratio for diesel engined vehicles. The engine is currently seen in Mazda Demio, Mazda Axela and Mazda CX-5. It will also be fitted in the next generation Mazda Atenza which will be released later this year.

Read the press release below for more information.

Auto News Release

Mazda to Double Annual Production Capacity of SKYACTIV Engines to 800,000 units

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced it will double production capacity at its engine plant in Hiroshima. Production volume will be increased from 400,000 units to 800,000 units per year in October 2012. The plant produces SKYACTIV-D diesel engines and SKYACTIV-G gasoline engines. The capacity increase is made in response to increasing demand for cars incorporating the company’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY*1. It is made possible by Mazda’s continued pursuit of a highly efficient flexible production system using multipurpose equipment.

The SKYACTIV-G is a highly efficient, new-generation direct-injection gasoline engine. Mazda engineers overcame the problem of abnormal combustion, commonly known as “knocking”, to achieve the world’s highest compression ratio for a mass production gasoline engine for vehicles*2. It is presently available in the Mazda Demio for the Japanese market, the Mazda Axela (known overseas as the Mazda3) for the North American and Australian market, and the Mazda CX-5, currently being launched in markets around the world. It will also be available in the next generation Mazda Atenza (known overseas as Mazda6) to be released later this year.

The SKYACTIV-D is a new-generation clean diesel engine that complies with global exhaust gas regulations without the need for a costly nitrogen oxide (NOx) aftertreatment system. It achieves the world’s lowest compression ratio for a mass production diesel engine for vehicles*2. The first model to be equipped with the SKYACTIV-D is the Mazda CX-5 for the Japanese, European and Australian markets. It will also be available in the next generation Mazda Atenza/Mazda6 to be released later this year.

Mazda intends to sell 1,700,000 units globally in the fiscal year ending March 2016. Models employing SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY are expected to account for 80 percent of total sales.

2009 October:    World debut of SKY CONCEPT at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show
2010 October:    Announced outline of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY
2011 June:    Facelifted Mazda Demio featuring SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine launched in Japan
2011 September:      Facelifted Mazda Axela featuring SKYACTIV-G and SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission launched in Japan
2012 February:    Mazda CX-5, the first in Mazda’s series of new products featuring the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY (SKYACTIV-G or SKYACTIV-D, SKYACTIV-DRIVE, SKYACTIV-CHASSIS and SKYACTIV-BODY)

*1 An umbrella term for Mazda’s new-generation technologies, including SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine, SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission, high-performance light weight SKYACTIV-CHASSIS and lightweight and highly rigid SKYACTIV-BODY
*2 As of June 2012 (Mazda data)