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Mazda Aiming to First With Breakthrough HCCI Engine

High-mileage version of SkyActiv engine readying for next-gen Mazda3.

by on Jan.23, 2017

Mazda reportedly will use the new HCCI engine technology in the next Mazda3 model.

Barring a sudden shift by the new Trump Administration, automakers are facing a tough federal fuel economy target for 2025, and that has them looking at a variety of ways to deliver book mileage gains over the next few years.

Along with various battery-based technologies, a number of exotic internal combustion technologies are vying for acceptance, including a concept known as the homogeneous-charge compression ignition, or HCCI, engine. Combining attributes of the diesel but powered by gasoline, and promising major improvements in efficiency, HCCI may finally be ready for prime time.

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According to a report by Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review, Mazda and another, unnamed manufacturer plant launch an engine using HCCI technology late in 2018. Set to be used in the little Mazda3, the new SkyActiv engine is expected to deliver as much as a 30% bump in fuel economy compared to a comparable, conventional gas engine.


Costs, Range Issues Likely to Limit Green Car Sales

“Automakers will be fighting” for the few green buyers, warns Power study.

by on Apr.27, 2011

Ford's Focus Electric will be one of 159 battery-based vehicles on the U.S. market by 2016 - but will car buyers care?

Despite the endless headlines and the steady roll-out of battery cars, plug-ins, hydrogen vehicles and natural gas-powered sedans, the market for alternative powertrain vehicles is likely to remain extremely limited for some years to come, warns a new study that predicts “automakers will be fighting over the relatively few consumers who are willing to drive green.”

Though large numbers of U.S. car buyers might say they want a clean vehicle, cost and convenience matter more than the environment when it comes time to buy, concludes the Green Automotive Study released today by J.D. Power and Associates.

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“It is the financial issues that most often resonate with consumers, whether it is the higher price of the vehicle itself, the cost to fuel or charge the vehicle, or the fear of higher maintenance costs,” said Mike VanNieuwkuyk, Power’s executive director of global vehicle research. “The bottom line is that most consumers want to be green, but not if there is a significant personal cost to them.”

By 2016, Power forecasts there will be 159 hybrid and electric vehicle models available in the U.S., a more than fivefold increase from the 31 marketed in 2009.  But they’re collectively expected to account for just 10% of the total U.S. automotive market.