Mazda’s exhibit at the Toyko Motor Show was all about fuel efficiency as it introduced the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid and CNG Concept.
The Skyactiv-Hybrid connects the 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine to an electric motor that helps it do of the work at low engine speeds and under load-load conditions. This allows it to achieve an incredible estimated 74 miles per gallon while still outputting around 134 horsepower. Needless to say, we were all impressed at Parks Mazda.
The CNG Concept, on the other hand, uses a special dual fuel system that allows it to run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas. According to Mazda, because the Skyactiv-G gasoline engine already achieves a high compression ratio, it can be easily modified for CNG with only minor modifications.
Running on CNG typically reduces engine emissions by 20% compared to equivalent gasoline engines, so the benefits to the environment are clear, and we’re hoping Mazda will produce even more hybrid vehicles for the American market.