By on July 31, 2011

Two weeks ago, commenter Marko asked: „Does anyone know when SkyActiv will make it to the US?” TTAC is required reading at Mazda, and here is the answer: Real soon!

According to The Nikkei [sub],  Mazda “will incorporate its lean, green SkyActiv technologies in a new model of the Mazda3 subcompact that will be released in the North American market in the second half of the current fiscal year, which ends March 2012.”

So, that’s either in fall this year or in spring next year. SkyActiv is what Mazda uses to wring every last drop of gasoline out of current technologies.Engine, transmission and chassis, all are improved to make the car more fuel-efficient.

A new Mazda3 is expected to bring 30 percent better fuel economy than the existing model. A CX-5 sport utility vehicle with SkyActiv is planned for 2012.

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30 Comments on “Mazda Launches SkyActivities In The U.S....”


  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    Hmmmmmm, verrrrrrrrry interesting…

    It will be good to see what the real world improvements are in hp and fuel economy.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Yes, the Mazda2 needs to get better mileage than the Fiesta!

  • avatar
    Sam P

    Good for Mazda. I hope for their sake this new technology reverses their flagging sales in the US market.

  • avatar
    malloric

    I’ll believe a 30% increase in fuel economy when I see it.

  • avatar
    Demetri

    They already announced that the 2012 Mazda 3 is going to be released this fall with the 2.0L sky engine and a new 6speed auto. It makes 155hp on standard octane fuel and is supposed to be rated at 40mpg highway/28 city. Not all that impressive, but it keeps Mazda competitive.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam P

      The conventional 6 speed auto in that Mazda3 should compete well against the awful dual clutch gearbox in the Focus, in terms of driveability and quite possibly reliability.

      • 0 avatar
        Bimmer

        Now if Mazda can do something to compete with everyone else on their rust issues, I would consider their products.

      • 0 avatar
        joeveto3

        “Now if Mazda can do something to compete with everyone else on their rust issues, I would consider their products.”

        Mazda designs their cars to get progressively better mileage (and faster), via the weight savings that inevitably occurs as the bodies are decimated by rust.

        The 3 may not be competitive when it’s driven off the lot, but two to three years later, when the body is a couple hundred pounds lighter…

    • 0 avatar
      Steven02

      Exactly what I was going to say. Today’s 3 gets 29 hwy. 30% more is 38 hwy. That just catches them up about 3 years too late.

      • 0 avatar
        NormSV650

        I agree with Steve. I can 30% mpg increase in most cars by adjusting driving style, higher tire pressures, synthetic fluids, weight reduction… I can see 25% increase in V8’s and over 40% in four cylinders. Maybe I should contract myself out. :)

    • 0 avatar
      L'avventura

      The 1.3L SkyActiv-G is already on sale in the new Demio/Mazda 2 in Japan; which started delivery just a month ago. Its mated to the CVT with start-stop rather than the new Skyactiv AT transmission.

      The Mazda 3, which as you’ve said, will also be getting the SkyActiv engines and transmissions as well.

      However, we should expect to see a good boost in competitiveness and fuel-efficiency when Mazda’s own SkyActiv platform replaces the old Ford C1 platform with the upcoming full-model change. Not only is this new platform suppose to be more rigid and safer, its suppose to shed a good 100 kgs (220 lbs) from the Mazda 3. It should also be accompanied by that new “Shinari” design language instead of the ill-received “grin” design in the current Mazda 3:

      https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/mazda-rethinks-the-3/

      • 0 avatar
        Demetri

        Yep, it’s going to take time for them to fully implement the Sky technology across the whole lineup. The 2.0L and 2.5L MZR engines are going to continue to be available for the 2012 Mazda3, which just goes to show that they aren’t ready for the full roll-out yet.

      • 0 avatar
        Strippo

        I read the 1.3L won’t be coming here, so it’ll be a while before the Mazda2 evolves.

      • 0 avatar
        Demetri

        Yeah, the 1.3L Sky is only cranking out ~83 hp in Japanese spec, so we can forget about that ever coming to the US. We’ll have to wait until Mazda cooks up a 1.5L or 1.6L variation of the Sky engine. MY 2013 most likely, which may coincide with a full model redesign as well.

    • 0 avatar
      serothis

      It should actually get better than 28mpg city in practice because the skyactiv engine incorporates mazda’s start/stop system. The current EPA rating doesn’t account for start-stop.

      • 0 avatar
        Demetri

        Start/Stop isn’t going to be available on the 2012 Mazda3, despite being part of the Japanese 2012 Mazda2. They plan on adding it at some point in the future.

  • avatar
    Nostrathomas

    “Today’s 3 gets 29 hwy” – Steven02

    Yeah, that’s sub-optimal… considering that’s exactly what a Porsche Cayman, a car one would excuse if it had poorer fuel economy, is rated at on the highway too. A compact should at least be in the 30’s by now.

    I do forgive Mazda a little bit since they put a little more emphasis on fun and driving character, but the next-gen of this car needs to hover around 40mpg to get some traction back in the US. They’re still pretty damn popular in Canada though….3rd best selling car I believe (which actually surprises me consider every time I’m there, I swear every 3rd person drives a Mazda).

    • 0 avatar
      Demetri

      29 is on the 2.5L, the 2.0L engine is rated at 33. If you wanted the hatchback though, you didn’t have a choice in the US, it was only available with the 2.5L. Thankfully that is changing for 2012, as the 2.0L Sky will be available for both the sedan and the hatchback.

      • 0 avatar
        Thinkin...

        I sure hope it makes it into the wagon – and with a 6-speed stick. I’d read someplace that it will be restricted to the sedan like the current 2.0, which is terrible. Thankfully Mazda is currently one of the only automakers that will let you get a car with a manual transmission AND decent option packages – if they keep that up they’ll be on my short list for the next car.

        (I actually find the new Hyundai/Kia 6-speed manual pretty decent – but you can only get it in the base models – so no good option or leather. Ditto for Ford – no 6-speed stick in the Focus Sport?!?! WTF kind of packaging is that?

      • 0 avatar
        NulloModo

        There’s no such thing as a ‘Focus Sport’, at least in the US market.

        Ford does have the SE Sport Package and the Titanium Handling Package, which both make for a sportier car. You can’t get a Titanium with a stick, but you can get a SE with the Sport Package, 203A spec (Sync, Sirius, cruise, upgraded audio) and the Tuscany Red interior package (which gives you leather) with a manual.

      • 0 avatar
        Demetri

        Yes, they’re going to make the Sky 2.0 engine available on the hatch/wagon with a 6-speed manual. From the Mazda press release:

        “Also, previously only available with the MZR 2.5-liter engine, the Mazda3 five-door hatchback model will now be offered in the U.S. with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine. This Mazda3 hatchback is estimated to deliver 27 city/38 highway (SKYACTIV-MT) and 28 city/38 highway (SKYACTIV-Drive AT). The slightly lower highway estimates can be attributed to different aerodynamics and the higher weight ratio between the sedan and hatchback.”

      • 0 avatar
        tankinbeans

        @thinkin…

        FWIW I think the 6 speed manual is offered in the Forte SX, top of the line with a 2.4 and 176 hp with all the goodies.

  • avatar
    turingtest

    Haro, American consumer. SkyActive is coming to your home prefecture. But prease, don’t berieve me. Observe this commercial…

  • avatar
    John Horner

    Mazda and Ford worked closely on engine and transmission for years. I known that Mazda fans are claiming that the SkyActiv designs are “100% Mazda” and I’m wondering if any insiders know how true that is?

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      SkyActiv designs are “100% Mazda” and I’m wondering if any insiders know how true that is?

      From the patent filing:

      U.S Patent 7,954,471
      Spark ignited internal combustion engine and manufacturing the same

      There is provided a spark ignited internal combustion engine having a geometric compression ratio of 13.0 or greater…

      Inventors: Nishimoto; Toshiaki (Hiroshima, JP), Watanabe; Naoya (Higashihiroshima, JP), Nagatsu; Kazuhiro (Hiroshima, JP), Hidaka; Masatoshi (Higashihiroshima, JP), Abe; Hiroaki (Hiroshima, JP)

      Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation (Hiroshima, JP)

  • avatar

    I had the opportunity to drive all the SKYACTIV models recently. The twin-turbo diesel is amazing.

  • avatar
    360joules

    Yeah, but will US drivers ever get a whiff of it? Probably not. My household is about to re-enter the new car market after a 14 year hiatus for a Minivan (Dad’s penalty box), SUV (mom’s wagon for occasional towing & camping), and then Dad’s commuter car which can be whatever I want for the 12 mile/18km commute so long as it is less than $18,000. There is huge range of options for my commuter car but the Mazda 3 wagon has been my practical favorite behind higher mileage Boxsters (pushing a slow car fast becomes more exciting with age:). Or I could say screw it and buy my Mom’s old 323is modified with the bigger breathing top end I bolted on 7 years ago.

  • avatar
    brettc

    Here’s my question and Mazda’s answer from June 24, 2011. I asked specifically about when their diesel engines are coming:

    Hi,
    I was curious – when will Mazda be launching the Sky-D engine(s) in North America, and what model(s) will the Sky-D technology will be available in? I currently own three VW TDIs and am anxiously awaiting Mazda’s diesel option.
    Thanks for your help.

    Hello Brett,

    Thank you for contacting Mazda.

    I’m glad to read that you are interested in Mazda’s new Skyactiv technology. This will be available in the Mazda3. We do not have a specific date when the vehicle will be available but we expect it to be available in late 2011.

    Again, thank you for contacting Mazda.

    Sincerely,

    Miriam Stevens
    Customer Assistance Representative

    • 0 avatar
      Demetri

      That would be accurate for the Sky-G engines, but we’re still a year away from Sky-D being available. Notice that they didn’t specifically address Sky-D. Surprisingly, Mazda has promised that they’re bringing the diesels to the North American market. No word on which exact models will get it yet.

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