It was a bold move by Mazda to ignore hybrid vehicles in favor of improvements to traditional combustion engines, but the gambit has paid off. Mazda has the most-efficient line of new cars in America, and when the next-generation of SkyActiv engines debuts around 2020, executives claim efficiency could climb another 30%.
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With neither hybrid nor electric vehicles in their lineup, Mazda has sought to perfect internal combustion technology instead. To help assist the new SkyActiv engines though, Mazda has introduced its optional i-Eloop regenerative braking technology, which can boost the Mazda 6 fuel economy ratings to 28 city and 40 highway.
We’ve talked at length about how awesome the all-new Mazda6 diesel race car is going to be, and finally the day has arrived when we get to see this ride in action. Video after the jump.
Modern turbodiesel engines are all the rave in Europe and the rest of the world, but these engines are only just starting to catch on in America. The new Mazda SkyActiv-D diesel engine is coming to U.S. shores next year, and to drum up excitement, Mazda is taking their little diesel to the race track.