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by Tim Beissmann

Mazda will double production of its SkyActiv engines in October to meet rising global demand for its new powertrain technology.

Annual production capacity of Mazda’s SkyActiv-G petrol and SkyActiv-D diesel engines will increase from 400,000 to 800,000 units at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant in Japan.

Mazda projects 80 per cent of the 1.7 million vehicles it produces in the 2016 financial year will employ some form of SkyActiv technology, including its new engines, SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission and lightweight body and chassis components, all of which are designed to maximise fuel efficiency.

The Mazda CX-5 was the brand’s first vehicle to be developed from the ground up using SkyActiv technology, incorporating both the 113kW/198Nm 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G and the 129kW/420Nm 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D powertrains.

Launching in Australia in the first quarter of this year, the CX-5 has been an instant hit with local customers, becoming the most popular SUV in the country last month with 1955 sales.

Mazda first introduced SkyActiv technology to Australia in September 2011 with the petrol engine and auto transmission in the Mazda3 SP20 SkyActiv.

The next model to benefit from the full SkyActiv suite will be the third-generation Mazda6, which will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show in September before going on sale in Australia in 2013.




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