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Mazda: Diesel is the future

Date: 06 May 2010

Mazda is focusing its near-future technology development on improving existing petrol and diesel engines, rather than looking to alternative fuels, with the goal of getting future versions of the upper medium 6 model down to 105g/km within three years.

"Our that the internal combustion engine will be the base of what we drive. In the next five years it will be 95% of what we drive and most will have no stop-start system or hybrid," said Mazda's European boss Phil Waring. "In 2020 it will still form the basis of what we drive from what we know is technically available."

The firm is developing a high-tech engine range called Sky, promising 30% efficiency improvements by 2015, and is also promising every new model after the mini-MPV 5 due later this year will be at least 100kg lighter than its predecessor for better economy and emissions. "The target is to improve economy by 30% but do it in a way that's affordable for customers," said Waring. "I see it as really important to improve the base technologies because that's what most people will drive. When we've optimised i-Stop, regenerative braking, then we'll put in hybrids, but internal combustion will be at the heart of what propels cars for the next five to 10 years."