Mazda released further details about the futuristic SKYACTIV-X petrol engine, a technological breakthrough that uses compression ignition, in which the fuel-air mixture ignites spontaneously when compressed by the piston, the Express reports.
The Japanese car manufacturer says the engine will launch in 2019 on its new models and deliver twenty to thirty per cent more fuel economy than a standard engine and up to thirty per cent more torque.
“Our resources are limited, so unlike bigger automakers, we don’t have the array of options in which to invest our R&D funds,” said Mazda to Reuters managing executive, Mitsuo Hitomi.
“That’s why we’re betting on this technology.
“We were determined that no matter what, we would develop this engine.”
Mazda believes new, economical combustion engines are more efficient than electric vehicles, and has stated that it wants to slash CO2 emissions produced by its vehicles by ninety per cent of the levels produced in 2010 cars by 2050.
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