Mazda made a huge announcement this week, one that would make the automaker the first company to ever do something.
Mazda Motor Corp. said that it will be the first to commercialize a more efficient petrol engine that uses technology that other rivals have been trying to build for decades.
The new compression ignition engine is 20 to 30% more fuel efficient than its current engines and will be used in cars the company plans to sell in 2019.
“It’s a major breakthrough,” said Ryoji Miyashita, chairman of automotive engineering company AEMSS Inc.
“We think it is an imperative and fundamental job for us to pursue the ideal internal combustion engine,” Mazda R&D head Kiyoshi Fujiwara remarked. “Electrification is necessary but… the internal combustion engine should come first.”
According to the company’s Executive Vice President Akira Marumoto, the engine, which is called SKYACTIV-X, is not planned to be released to other car makers.
This isn’t the first big news for Mazda this month as the company also recently announced that it would be working with Toyota Motor Corp. to develop electric vehicles and it would be building a $1.6 billion assembly plant in the United States.