Mazda commits to improving its vehicle fuel economy figuresPosted April 09
Mazda is aiming to improve its vehicle fuel economy by 30 per cent by 2015 in response to rising fuel prices and increasing concerns about the environment.
Mazda will introduce various technologies that will combine to improve the fuel consumption of their cars. Mazda will develop new, more efficient engines for its entire range of vehicles and employ a “smart idle stop system” as early as 2009. This technology can shut the engine down when the car is stationary – similar to a hybrid car – thus increasing vehicle fuel economy. Mazda also says it will begin using lightweight materials and technologies to reduce the weight of its vehicles “by 100 kilograms or more”, which will increase fuel economy further.
The move to improve vehicle fuel economy by as much as 30 per cent would reduce fuel use by as much as 3.9 litres per 100km (L/100km), saving 780 litres of fuel per year when driving 20,000km.
Mazda’s most economical current car is the Mazda 2, which uses 6.4L/100km, a figure that would be decreased to 4.5L/100km if 30 per cent reductions were achieved. That’s around the same vehicle fuel economy as a hybrid car. The current Toyota Prius hybrid car – a larger, better equipped, but more expensive car – has a vehicle fuel economy of 4.4L/100km.
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