Mazda will increase production of its Skyactiv engines next year following greater-than-expected demand for the new-generation powerplants.
The Japanese manufacturer will increase production by 25 per cent, from 800,000 units to one million per year, at its plant in Hiroshima.
As a part of the expansion Mazda will make the facility more flexible, altering assembly lines currently used to produce its MZR engines. This will go some way towards meeting the increased Skyactiv production target.
Mazda also manufactures Skyactiv engines in China at the Changan Ford Mazda facility, where production began in June of this year. As of next year the engines will also be produced in Mexico.
This is not the first time Mazda has increased production of its Skyactiv engine range. In July last year Mazda doubled production from 400,000 units to the current 800,000 in response to global demand.
The car maker also announced it was increasing production of Skyactiv transmission units earlier this year.
Mazda currently offers a range of four-cylinder Skyactiv engines, both petrol (Skyactiv G) and diesel (Skyactiv D), in its Mazda 3, Mazda 6 and CX-5 vehicles. The petrol engine claims to have the highest compression ratio in the world, at 14.0:1, to achieve its economy and emissions goals. The diesel runs the same compression ratio, the lowest of any diesel on sale, to help meet global emissions regulations.
Mazda plans to sell 1.7 million cars annually by 2016, of which 80 per cent are expected to feature Skyactiv technology.
‘Skyactiv’ refers to Mazda’s efforts to develop more sustainable, environmentally friendly products. Along with the new engines, it also includesnew transmissions, weight-saving components and aerodynamic enhancements.