Mazda has just launched an upgraded version of the Mazda2 in Japan. It comes with the Japanese firm's latest 1.3-litre petrol engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox.
This is the first time Mazda will use the new 'SkyActiv' engine, which is set to offer sub-100g/km carbon dioxide emissions. It will also provide fuel economy of around 85mpg (3.3 litres/100km) to make the updated 2 one of the most economical cars on sale.
SkyActiv is Mazda's new generation of fuel-saving and emissions-beating technologies. The 1.3-litre engine comes with a much higher compression ratio than usual, using a 14:1 compression ratio in place of a normal petrol engine's 8:1.
Mazda is also employing new fuel injectors, a revised stop-start system and the new CVT gearbox with seven pre-programmed gear ratios.
At present there are no plans to offer the CVT option in Ireland so it is not known when the new 1.3-litre engine will be fitted to the Mazda2. The first Irish Mazda to benefit from the SkyActiv thinking will be an all-new compact SUV called the CX-5.