MAZDA Motor Corp. is set to raise the production of its SkyActiv gasoline and diesel engines from the present annual run of 800,000 units at its Hiroshima, Japan, plant to one million units by the end of 2014. The carmaker said the move is due to the “strong global sales” of SkyActiv-equipped Mazda vehicles.
Berjaya Auto Phils. (BAP), the local distributor of Mazda, currently offers the Mazda CX-5 and the new Mazda6, which both have the SkyActiv technology.
“We are proud to deliver to Filipinos the best driving and sustainable fuel efficiency solutions as only Mazda’s SkyActiv technology can deliver,” said BAP President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Tan. “We will continue to give Filipinos an exciting range of vehicles without compromising the way they enjoy their cars because this is the Mazda way.”
BAP said that almost 1,000 Mazdas with SkyActiv technology have been sold in the Philippines, starting with the CX-5 compact crossover SUV that was launched last year. The CX-5 accounts for nearly 90 percent of SkyActiv model sales.
According to Mazda, it will add a new engine machining line at its plant to achieve its boosted target. Also, the present assembly line, which currently churns out the company’s MZR midsize inline-four engines, will be refurbished to accommodate a mixed run with the SkyActiv power plants.
“Sales of SkyActiv vehicles are increasing in markets around the globe and the decision to increase production capacity was made to further strengthen our supply system,” said Kiyotaka Shobuda, Mazda’s managing executive officer who’s in charge of global production, among other divisions. “Mazda wants people around the world to experience for themselves the combination of driving pleasure, fuel efficiency and safety performance that SkyActiv offers, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to deliver SkyActiv vehicles to as many customers as possible, as quickly as possible.”
Mazda explained that SkyActiv enhances existing internal combustion engine technology, optimizes transmission response, lightens and strengthens body construction, and sharpens chassis and suspension performance.