Mazda is going to introduce the new 155 horsepower 1.3-liter SkyActiv-G direct-injection engine at the Automotive Engineering Exposition in Japan. The ultra-efficient engine is the first of its type to be manufactured in Japan. The innovative SkyActiv technology developed by Mazda ensures improved performance and better fuel efficiency. Paired with i-stop system and CVT (continuously variable transmission), the 1.3-liter engine allows to reduce fuel consumption by 8 percent. The new SkyActiv-G powerplant uses a higher compression ratio (14.0:1) that helps to avoid the knocking caused by compression and high temperatures. Low-tension piston rings reduce oil consumption.
First unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the facelifted 2012 Mazda 2 will be available in the auto market this fall. The vehicle will be offered either with 1.3-liter or 1.5-liter gasoline engines in Japan. Mazda aims to deliver outstanding driving pleasure and safe performance. The company is planning to increase fuel economy up to 30 percent by 2015. Currently, Mazda company cannot say if the 1.3-liter Mazda 2 will be available in the USA market.