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New Mazda6 debuts with advanced engine technologies

Making its debut at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show, the all-new Mazda6 – which is due to be formally launched in most European markets by the end of the year – is the first vehicle from the Japanese car maker to feature a 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine as well as a innovative energy regeneration system that begins charging a capacitor the moment the driver takes his/her foot off the accelerator.

Termed i-ELOOP, the new technology in the Mazda6 essentially allows electricity stored in the capacitor to be used to power electric components throughout the car. Mazda says that in freeing the engine from much of the duty of providing electricity to these components, more fuel energy goes directly to powering the car, resulting in further improvements in fuel economy.

Following the market introduction of the CX-5 compact SUV, the eagerly awaited Mazda6 is the second vehicle from the Japanese car maker to feature its acclaimed SkyActiv powertrain technology, in this case the 2-liter gasoline engine that offers large amounts of torque at low engine speeds. But making its debut in the Mazda6 is a newly created 2.5-liter SkyActiv gasoline powertrain, which Mazda says is lightweight and has been designed to deliver 256Nm of torque at 3,250rpm, and 192ps at 5,700rpm.

“In developing the third-generation Mazda6, we pursued Mazda’s intrinsic core value: driving pleasure, said Hiroshi Kajiyama, the new Mazda6 program manager. Speaking at the Moscow Motor Show, he added: “We wanted to create a car that reacts and behaves exactly as you expect it to. Part of this involved carefully crafting those parts of the car that you often touch to feel as though they are an extension of your own body.”

Russian Specifications
                                          SkyActiv-G 2.0 Petrol    SkyActiv-G 2.5 Petrol
Capacity cc                           1,998                                2,488
Valves                                    16                                      16
Cam-drive                              Chain                               Chain
Fuel system                           Direct injection               Direct injection
Compression                        14.0:1                               13.0:1
Max. power ps                      150 at 6,000                  192 at 5,700
Max. torque Nm                     210 at 4,000                  256 at 3,250




30 August 2012


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