Mazda claims it has achieved a breakthrough in petrol engine technology that could cut consumption by up to 30 percent. Jonah Green reports.
Mazda claiming a major technological breakthrough Tuesday The car company said it would become the world's first automaker to commercialize a much more efficient petrol engine using technology that deep-pocketed rivals have been trying to engineer for decades, a twist in an industry increasingly going electric. The so-called homogeneous charge compression ignition engine's fuel economy potentially matches that of a diesel engine without high emissions of nitrogen oxides or particulates. The new compression ignition engine is 20 to 30 percent more fuel efficient than the Japanese automaker's current engines. The announcement places traditional engines at the center of Mazda's strategy and comes just days after Mazda said it will work with Toyota to develop electric vehicles and build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant.