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Mazda "SKY" Engines, Transmission: First Look

Mazda will unveil a threesome of engine technology — the ‘Mazda SKY-G' direct-injection gas engine, the ‘Mazda SKY-D' diesel engine and the ‘Mazda SKY Drive' automatic transmission — at next month's Tokyo Motor Show. Details and engine pr0n below.

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Next-generation, clean diesel Mazda SKY-D engine


Mazda's new SKY-D clean diesel engine boasts high fuel economy and output performance as well as low emissions. The newly designed engine block reduces mechanical friction to the level of a petrol engine. By optimising the pressure and temperature in the cylinders, the shape of combustion chambers, and the fuel injection rate, combustion begins at the best timing in terms of thermal efficiency. Specifically, by employing piezo injectors, a two-stage turbocharger and other technologies, fuel economy becomes approximately 20 percent better than the current 2.2-litre diesel engine. With this engine, Mazda has achieved fuel economy equivalent to the current Mazda2 (Demio in Japan) in a larger vehicle the size of a Mazda6 (Atenza in Japan).

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Next-generation, direct-injection Mazda SKY-G petrol engine


Mazda SKY-G is a next-generation, direct-injection petrol engine with significantly improved fuel economy and output performance due to enhanced thermal efficiency. The engine block is newly designed to reduce mechanical friction and achieve an optimal air-fuel mix, and a direct fuel-injection system is employed for the wide variety of spray profiles that are possible, enabling the maximum expansion ratio to be achieved. Specifically, fuel economy and torque are improved by approximately 15 percent compared to Mazda's current 2.0-litre engine. This was achieved by adopting next-generation fuel injectors and a highly functional variable-valve timing mechanism. The engine enables fuel economy equivalent to the current Mazda2 (Demio in Japan) to be achieved in a larger vehicle the size of a Mazda3 (Axela in Japan).

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Next-generation Mazda SKY-Drive automatic transmission


Mazda's next-generation SKY-Drive automatic transmission is highly efficient, contributes to substantially improved fuel economy and delivers a more direct feel compared with the current unit. It improves fuel economy by approximately five percent, due to a complete redesign that significantly reduces mechanical friction, a revised torque converter and clutch with minimised slip, and an optimised lock-up mechanism. A rapid clutch action was achieved by identifying the minimum amount of fluid necessary. This also helped to realise a direct feel similar to a dual clutch transmission.

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Once upon a time there was a tiny, tiny chicken named Chicken Little. One day Chicken Little was scratching on Jalopnik when an engine came on screen. "Oh," cried Chicken Little, "the SKY is coming. I must go tell the king."

So Chicken Little ran and ran, and she met Henny Penny. "Where do you travel so fast, Chicken Little?" asked Henny Penny.

"Ah, Henny Penny," said Chicken Little, "the SKY is coming, and I must go and tell the king." "How do you know that the SKY is coming, Chicken Little?" asked Henny Penny.

"I saw it with my eyes, I heard it with my ears, and a press release said so," said Chicken Little. "I will go with you to the king," said Henny Penny. So they ran along together, and they met Ducky Daddles. "Where do you travel so fast?" asked Ducky Daddles.

"Ah, Ducky Daddles," said Chicken Little, "the SKY is coming, and Henny Penny and I go to tell the king." "How do you know that the SKY is coming, Chicken Little?" asked Ducky Daddles.

"I saw it with my eyes, I heard it with my ears, and a press release said so," said Chicken Little. "I will go with you to the king," said Ducky Daddles. So they ran along together, and they met Goosey Loosey. "Where do you travel so fast, Chicken Little?" asked Goosey Loosey.

"Ah, Goosey Loosey," said Chicken Little, "the SKY is coming. Henny Penny and Ducky Daddles and I go to tell the king." "How do you know that the SKY is coming, Chicken Little?" asked Goosey Loosey.

"I saw it with my eyes, I heard it with my ears, and a press release said so," said Chicken Little. "I will go with you," said Goosey Loosey. So they ran along together, and they met Turkey Lurkey. "Where do you travel so fast, Chicken Little?" asked Turkey Lurkey.

"Ah, Turkey Lurkey," said Chicken Little, "the SKY is coming, and Henny Penny and Ducky Daddles and Goosey Loosey and I go to tell the king." "How do you know that the SKY is coming?" asked Turkey Lurkey.

"I saw it with my eyes, I heard it with my ears, and a press release said so," said Chicken Little. "I will go with you to the king," said Turkey Lurkey. So they ran along together, and they met Foxy Loxy. "Where do you travel so fast, Chicken Little?" asked Foxy Loxy.

"Ah, Foxy Loxy," said Chicken Little, "the SKY is coming, and we go to tell the king." "Do you know the way to the king's house?" asked Foxy Loxy.

"No," said Chicken Little.

"No," said Henny Penny.

"No," said Ducky Daddles.

"No," said Goosey Loosey.

"No," said Turkey Lurkey.

"Then come with me and I will show you," said Foxy Loxy. And just as he was about to lead them into his den to eat them...

...the SKY fell on him.

"Oh dear," said Chicken Little.

"We're too late," said Henny Penny.

"Poor Foxy Loxy," said Ducky Daddles.

"No sense in going to the king," said Goosey Loosey.

"Nothing to do now but go home," said Turkey Lurkey.

And they did.

The moral of the story: New engines will save us from being eaten by blandness.