Further ReadingCompression ignition engines are a big breakthrough—we got to try oneWhen Mazda invited us to a roundtable discussion about powertrain technology at this year's New York auto show, it was easy to say yes. After all, the company is responsible for a significant recent breakthrough in internal combustion engine technology. So you can imagine my surprise when it turned out the topic on Mazda's mind was the introduction of its Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the North American market, under the hood of the (excellent) CX-5 SUV. Intrigued, I had to find out why the Japanese automaker was taking this step. Diesel's fall from grace You can be forgiven for thinking that "diesel" was now a dirty word. For a while, this liquid hydrocarbon fuel looked like it might be an important tool in helping fight climate change. After all, diesel engines are much more efficient than ones that run gasoline, so you can drive further between filling stations and emit less CO2 while doing it. … [Read more...] about Mazda brings a new diesel CX-5 SUV to the US—but why?
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The newest Mazda crossover is called the CX-30, and it fits right in between the existing CX-3 subcompact and CX-5 compact models. (For that reason, it had been widely expected the car might be called CX-4 rather than CX-30.) Revealed Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show, it'll go on sale in Europe this summer before launching in other global markets. Though Mazda USA representatives have no official confirmation just yet, it's almost a certainty the the CX-30 will also make it to the US.As we've come to expect from the company's other introductions, the Mazda CX-30 is a great-looking car with striking proportions. Black plastic fender cladding hints at SUV toughness, while a sloping rear window adds a dose of sportiness. Compared to the CX-3, the CX-30 has a slightly higher ground clearance, a longer length and a longer wheelbase, all of which contribute to making it a little more eye-catching than Mazda's smaller crossover.Mazda chief designer Ryo Yanagisawa told Roadshow on Wednesday, … [Read more...] about Mazda CX-30 fits between the CX-3 and CX-5 in the brand’s lineup
Ever since the RX-8 went out of production seven years ago, Mazda has insisted that the rotary engine wasn't completely dead and that work continued within the company's walls in Hiroshima, Japan, on the engine. After announcing plans for an enlarged 16X architecture that never came to fruition, examining hydrogen and countless rumors of its return, Mazda confirmed that a Wankel would finally return as a small range extender for its first battery-electric car coming in 2019 and see work in an upcoming Toyota self-driving EV. None of those applications are likely what rotary enthusiasts ideally have in mind, but according to Mazda's vice president of R&D and design Masashi Otsuka, there's reason to hold onto a little hope that the engine can still come back in a larger capacity. In an interview with Jalopnik at the LA Auto show, Otsuka says that Skyactiv-X engine technology that will debut under the hood of the new Mazda3 in late 2019 could potentially be applied to the … [Read more...] about Mazda studying a rotary with Skyactiv-X technology
President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to contrast General Motors, which he rebuked this week after the automaker announced plans to lay off thousands of U.S. workers as part of a broad restructuring move, with American steelmakers and other car makers. "Big Steel is opening and renovating plants all over the country," while "auto companies are pouring into the U.S.," he said in a tweet cheering the country's strong economic growth of late. So is Mr. Trump correct? Steel: Mostly false One steel company has disclosed plans to build a new plant in the U.S. Steel Dynamics this week said it's planning a new flat-rolled steel plant somewhere in the Southwest, with construction expected to start in 2020 and to start operating by the end of 2021. The facility will employ about 600 people and serve "southern U.S. energy and construction sectors, which consume considerable amounts of flat roll steel products." The factory will also make products geared to auto … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Are steel and auto companies investing big in the U.S.?
Mazda is the latest automaker to set ambitious goals for the sales of full-electric cars. The automaker said today that it believes that five percent of all its car sales will be made up of battery-electric models by 2030. The goal falls under the company's "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030" strategy. Today, Mazda doesn't sell any electric vehicles.This matches up with our previous reporting that Mazda plans to introduce a mild hybrid and a battery-electric car in 2019, with a plug-in hybrid following sometime after that.While few details have been revealed so far, Mazda said in a news release that it aims to sell battery-electric cars in regions with "a high ratio of electricity from clean energy sources." The automaker plans to launch two EVs in the coming years: One will be a full-electric model, with a battery as the only power source. Reports suggest that model could be a crossover co-developed with Chinese automaker Changan Automobile Group. It's rumored to debut in 2019.The … [Read more...] about Mazda aims for 5% electric car sales by 2030