Taking the next step towards achieving its stated goal of a 30-percent improvement in global fuel economy by 2015, Madza confirmed that it will roll out the first of its "SKY" concept engine/transmission combos in the U.S. starting in 2011. Takashi Yamanouchi, representative director, president and CEO, Mazda Motor Corporation indicated that the gasoline-powered, direct-injected 2.0-liter being developed under the code name "SKY-G" will see its first application here in the U.S. before rolling out elsewhere.

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First exhibited at last year's Tokyo Motor Show and destined to serve as the core engine in future Mazda vehicles, the SKY-G engine is expected to achieve a 15 percent gain in fuel efficiency over the existing conventional Mazda engine while delivering even more power. According to Yamanouchi, this ultra-efficient motivator will be matched with Mazda's equally new SKY-Drive automatic transmission which uses a unique torque converter design, improved lockup logic and less hydraulic fluid to realize an additional five percent gain in operating efficiency.

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In 2012, Mazda plans to expand its SKY technology -- which also encompasses new approaches to reducing internal friction and improving thermal management -- to the diesel side of the equation with the launch of a super-clean SKY-D in one of its next-generation mid-size models. Yamanouchi says Mazda expects this 2.2-liter four to get up to 43 mpg in highway mode, 20-percent improvement in fuel efficiency over Mazda's current 2.2-liter diesel. Already capable of meeting stringent Tier 2 BIN 5 emissions regulations, the SKY-D also uses Mazda's proprietary catalyst technology which allows it to comply with strict North American emissions standards without having to resort to any kind of downstream urea after-treatment.

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