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    Mazda Is Passing On Hybrids, Electric Vehicles For Now

    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    July 12, 2013

    Mazda has been know to be a bit different than other automakers. Case in point is their SKYACTIV Technologies inative. Instead of following most automakers with hybrids and electric vehicles, Mazda is extracting as much efficiency as they can from standard gas and diesel engines, and doing some very clever enginnering. In fact Mazda says for the time being, they are going to pass on hybrids and electrics.

    "While downsizing can be an effective method for reducing emissions, adding an electric boost often merely offsets the loss in power from reduced displacement. We want to make sure our engines are optimally designed, to make better effect of the benefits of combined battery power," said a Mazda R&D Spokesperson to AOL Cars UK.

    As for electrics?

    "We've created a full EV version of the Mazda2, which we showcased mainly to prove wrong those who said we couldn't do it. In fact creating an electric car isn't that difficult, but in terms of customer appeal and uptake, we don't foresee the time being right before 2020," said Peter Allibon, sales director of Mazda UK.

    Source: AOL Cars UK

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    True, but I will say that I still have no clear understanding of what skyactive technology really is and I know I am not alone as many people I have had car discussions with really do not get what Mazda is selling in that regards other than people think it is a form of green technology. Cars are solid little blah cars for commuting and basic needs for the average size person.

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    SkyActive (in terms of the engine) is just a fancy marketing name for an Atkinson cycle engine. Nothing really remarkable about it, the technology has been around 125 years.... but it isn't widely used because it is geared towards efficiency rather than max power output. The long and short of it (to make a bad pun), is that power stroke is longer than the effective intake stroke. Put another way, the effective intake stroke is the same as a 1.8 liter, but the power stroke is that of the 2.5 liter it is. It allows for a more complete combustion process.

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