Mazda has said that its next Mazda2/Demio subcompact would get fuel economy of 30 km/litre, and without the help of an electric motor. This will make it the most fuel-efficient petrol car on the road. The car, which is the first product to feature Mazda’s next-generation engine and transmission technology will be launched in Japan in the first half of 2011.
Mazda plans to improve fuel economy on its cars by 30 percent by 2015 compared with 2008 levels. “We are aiming to launch a car that is fully equipped with SKYACTIV technologies globally in 2012,” Chief Executive Officer Takashi Yamanouchi said.
The Japanese company said that its new direct injection gasoline engine gives big mileage improvement due to the world’s highest engine compression ratio. Mazda also plans to build on its existing technologies to eventually develop hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars.
Yamanouchi reiterated the company’s official statement that its strategic relationship with Ford Motors remains intact. Ford is planning to sell most of its 11 percent stake in Mazda, worth just over $500 million. Despite their long lasting co-operation, Mazda and Ford have taken different routes in developing cleaner vehicles. In March, Mazda turned to Toyota for help in developing its first hybrid car.