Mazda unveils 2030 vision
Mazda Motor Corporation has announced ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’, a new long-term vision for technology development that looks ahead to the year 2030.
As part of the new technology to achieve this vision, the company disclosed plans to introduce a next-generation engine, the SKYACTIV-X, which will be the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition.
The vision focus on four key areas: earth, society, people, and technology.
In terms of the earth, Mazda plans to expand measures for carbon dioxide reduction by considering emissions over the vehicle’s entire life cycle, reduce its own corporate emissions to 50% of 2010 levels by 2030, and just 10% by 2050. In line with this policy, it will continue efforts to perfect the internal combustion engine, and, from 2019, start introducing electric vehicles and other electric drive technologies in regions that use a high ratio of clean energy for power generation or restrict certain vehicles to reduce air pollution.
In terms of societal goals, Mazda will develop more advanced safety technologies, working toward the goal of eliminating traffic accidents, further enhance safety fundamentals, such as correct driving position, pedal layout and good visibility, and standardize them across all models.
It also wants to promote further standardization of i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features, which help drivers recognize and assess potential hazards, begin testing of autonomous driving technologies, with the aim of making the system standard on all models by 2025, while also using connectivity technologies to create a new business model that enables car owners to support the needs of people in depopulated areas and those who have difficulty getting around.
With regards people, Mazda will pursue an enhanced driving feel that will unlock people’s potential and revitalize them mentally and physically.
It’d technological focus will centre on the SKYACTIV-X engine, which will combine the advantages of gasoline and diesel engines to achieve outstanding environmental performance, power and acceleration performance.