Mazda: Unusual for success –

Mazda: Unusual for success –

Cars with electric drives are still in high demand.

Mazda likes to do things differently than the competition. This can be seen in the Japanese driving strategy, which the automaker has been following for years.

For example, instead of just putting a turbocharger on gasoline engines, more displacement, higher compression and, in some models, the so-called SPCCI combustion are used. It should combine the advantages of gasoline and diesel engines. Mazda sells this hybrid engine under the name Skyactiv X.

Diesel engines (Skyactiv D) also have a unique position. They work with the lowest compression that is used in the construction of serial vehicles. Skyactiv D also plays a big role for the Japanese in their home market, and that also sets them apart. A full hybrid, like the one Toyota has been using for nearly 25 years, has so far come up short.

It waited a long time for the model of E

And one an all-electric model like the MX-30 the manufacturers not only waited an unusually long time (market launch: October 2020), but also relied on the “right” principle and a compact crossover, which, however, must be explained to the customer: “A small battery equals a small bag of CO2 . , but also a shorter range “. So far, Mazda has sold around 7,000 units of its Stromer in Germany.

Japan’s fifth largest car manufacturer will not leave its special technical way in the future either. The battery-only MX-30 will get an R-EV variant in the second half of 2022. The R stands for Rotary Engine. Here, the Wankel engine drives a generator, which supplies electricity to the electric motor and battery. Danger is always lightning. This hybrid cycle engine solution is unique in the industry. At the same time, engineers reduced the battery capacity for a more attractive price. You can hear about 80 kilometers of electric range and another 500 when Wankel potters.

60 percent of SUVs

SUVs and crossovers now account for more than 60 percent of Mazda’s sales. Next to the CX-30, the CX-5 is the best seller. It will receive a facelift in early 2022. The CX-60 will expand the crossover portfolio from next summer. It is the first vehicle based on the new Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture in the “Large” version.

Mazda will be the first to launch an all-new model with a plug-in hybrid powertrain paired with a four-cylinder gasoline engine. An all-new straight-six diesel will follow in late 2022, followed by a straight-six petrol engine with SPCCI combustion in 2023. Both six-cylinders are connected to a 48V hybrid system. Power transmission to the rear axle or optionally to all wheels is always handled by a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which puts the electric motor in the transmission in a plug-in hybrid and a 48V hybrid.

The Mazda CX-5 is also a good looker for the 2021 model year. Photo: Mazda

As a special feature, the automatic transmission made by Mazda does not have a hydraulic torque converter, but instead has hydraulic paddles. The electric range should be around 60 km. Mazda wants to show the CX-60, which should be high, for the first time at the end of February.

The CX-80 is coming in 2023

The seven-seat CX-80 should follow in 2023. Its drives are probably related to those of the five-seat CX-60. The new CX-50, CX-70 and CX-90 SUVs are primarily intended for the North American market. While the last two, like the CX-60 and CX-80, come off the assembly line in Japan and are only wider than these models, Mazda is producing the CX-50 based on the “sub-platform” in the new, jointly driven. The Toyota plant in the United States, more precisely, in Huntsville/Alabama.

Mazda’s smallest model, the Mazda2, also has close ties to the world’s largest automaker. At the same time, the current model, which will receive a technical update with more efficient engines in the spring, will be joined by the second Mazda2 with a full hybrid car.

But not only the economical car comes from Toyota, but also the whole car. This is the current Yaris as it is produced in France for Europe. Only a few visual adjustments were made to Mazda and new brand logos were installed. The Mazda2 Hybrid is intended to further help reduce the CO2 emissions of Mazda’s fleet in Europe. After all, Mazda sells 14 percent of its nearly 1.3 million vehicles produced annually here. As many as in Japan itself. (SP-X)