Mazda: a true technology incubatorMay 30th, 2017
In recent years, Mazda has introduced several new technologies that aim to improve the performance and fuel economy of its vehicles. Many of these technologies are exclusive to Mazda, and they all stand out by making Mazda new vehicles more enjoyable on the road, more efficient, and more comfortable.
Let’s have a look at three of these technologies and how they stand out.
Improved fuel consumption with i-ELOOP
Using the energy generated by braking to power the car’s electrical circuits, i-ELOOP regenerative braking allows the engine to send 100 percent of its energy to the driving wheels instead of using part of it to run the electrical systems.
Normally, the engine of an ordinary car loses about 10 percent of its energy to power the car’s electrical circuits. With i-ELOOP, this problem is solved. As a result, Mazda vehicles equipped with this technology offer optimal fuel economy because they use their fuel more efficiently to just power the car.
SKYACTIV technology: an example to follow in the automotive industry
In recent years, Mazda has begun to integrate SKYACTIV technology into the development of its new engines, transmissions and chassis.
Designed to improve fuel economy, safety, and to reduce emissions, SKYACTIV is a combination of improvements designed to make the engine, transmission, and chassis perform in unison, and more importantly to make each component perform at its best and as efficiently as possible.
From a mechanical point of view, this improvement in efficiency is made possible by a higher compression ratio enabling more energy to be drawn from each milliliter of fuel entering the engine.
SKYACTIV also includes lighter and more compact transmissions, and a chassis that is stiffened and lighter thanks to the use of aluminum.
Improved comfort and stability with G Vectoring Control
Winner of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) New Technology Award – Innovation of the Year Award, G-Vectoring Control is the latest addition to the range of Mazda technologies.
Based on SKYACTIV technology and part of Mazda’s SKYACTIV Vehicle Dynamics suite of systems, G Vectoring control allows Mazda vehicles to subtly adjust engine torque to help distribute the vehicle’s weight, improve stability, and reduce side-to-side movements felt by the passengers inside. In doing so, G Vectoring Control makes the vehicle more stable and the driver doesn’t need to do as many steering inputs to keep the vehicle lined up straight on the highway.
Already available on the Mazda3 and the new Mazda CX-5, G Vectoring technology will gradually be found throughout the Mazda range.
To learn more about Mazda’s exclusive technologies, contact us at Gyro Mazda!