Mazda Motor Corp. announced Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030, a long-term vision for technology development that looks ahead to the year 2030. As part of the new technology to achieve this vision, the company disclosed plans to introduce a next-generation engine called SKYACTIV-X in 2019. SKYACTIV-X will be the world's first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition, claims the company.
As part of its initiative, the company plans to expand measures for carbon dioxide reduction from a "well-to-wheel" perspective, considering emissions over the vehicle's entire life cycle. It aims to reduce corporate average "well-to-wheel" carbon dioxide emissions to 50% of 2010 levels by 2030, and achieve a 90% reduction by 2050. This will be achieved with a policy prioritizing efficiency improvements and measures for cleaner emissions that apply in the real world. In line with this policy, the company plans to continue efforts to re-envision the internal combustion engine, which the company says will make the greatest contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and combine the results with effective electrification technologies. From 2019, it will start introducing electric vehicles and other electric drive technologies in regions that use a high ratio of clean energy for power generation or restrict certain vehicles to reduce air pollution.