Innovation award for future Mazda CX-5

The Skyactiv name applies to more efficient petrol and diesel engines, gearboxes and even the use of lightweight materials and design processes when building the new compact SUV crossover.

The potential impact on fuel economy and CO2 emissions in Mazda models from the technology has led to Fleet World choosing Mazda for its Innovation Award at a ceremony in London this week.

Judges chose Skyactiv technology for the award because of its potential to match a desirable car with efficient technology.

Fleet World’s Steve Moody, who chaired the judging panel, said: "The introduction of these technologies will result not only in major reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for all Mazda models, but will also ensure that Mazda’s sustainable Zoom-Zoom strategy can continue to provide fuel-efficient, low-emission motoring for the most enthusiastic company car drivers."

Describing Mazda has ‘achieving the highest possible level of excellence in their sector’, the judges were impressed by the potential of the new Mazda MX-5.

Designed as a practical crossover SUV that stays close to Mazda’s aim to create great driver’s cars in the mould of the Mazda MX-5 roadster, the Mazda CX-5 will launch in the UK in 2012.
Its Skyactiv engines will result in sub-120g/km, making it one of the most efficient models in the sector.

However, the technology will also appear in the Mazda2 supermini and Mazda3 hatchback, the two smallest cars on the Mazda range and future Mazda models, with Mazda quoting it will improve efficiency by up to 30 per cent.

The technology was first displayed on the stunning Shinari supercar concept, and appeared on the Minagi concept shortly after. The later was later renamed as the CX-5 and confirmed as a future production model for the Japanese manufacturer.