For the past few years, automakers have been introducing a number of new words and terms to describe their new technologies that help improve fuel economy and emissions. Words like hybrid, EcoBoost, Energi, eAssist, EcoTech, Earth Dreams, Hybrid Synergy Drive; the list goes on and on.
Mazda is the latest automaker to jump on the buzzword bandwagon with SKYACTIV Technologies. When Mazda introduced it back in 2011, everyone was left scratching their heads, wondering what it was. Well, what Mazda introduced is a unique way of increasing fuel economy and retaining performance, without using any hybrid tricks.
What Is SKYACTIV Technology?
"SKYACTIV Technology" is an umbrella term for all technology and clever tricks that Mazda is implementing on their new vehicles. The two main parts of SKYACTIV are the powertrain and vehicle structure. Think of SKYACTIV Technolgy as a holistic approach to improving fuel economy, while retaining the zoom-zoom Mazda is known for.