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Environmental Initiatives

Making Environmentally Conscious Vehicles

Cleaner Exhaust Gas and Improved Fuel Economy

Mazda is committed to making vehicles that are environmentally conscious, and is actively engaged in developing technologies that support high-level environmental performance.


Improving Fuel Economy

The new Atenza with SKYACTIV-G 2.0, a highly efficient direct-injection gasoline engine, has approximately 30% better fuel economy compared with the old model with the same engine displacement.

The new Atenza with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine achieve impressive fuel efficiency ratings of 20.0 km/L (automatic transmission) and 22.4 km/L (manual transmission).
In the future, application of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY will be expanded for further improvement of fuel economy.

Comparison of fuel economy between the new and old Atenza Sedan (Japanese AT models, fuel economy at JC08 mode test cycle)
Comparison of Fuel Economy between the New and Old  Axela (Japanese models, fuel economy at JC08 mode test cycle)
Average Fuel Economy in Passenger Vehicles by Weight Class
Average Fuel Economy in Passenger Vehicles by Weight Class

Cleaner Gas Emissions

Mazda is committed to mitigating air pollution from exhaust gases.

To this end, the Company is working hard to develop low-emission vehicles. The Company is steadily bringing to market vehicles that clear both SU-LEV, Japan's certification system for ultra-low-emission vehicles, and Euro 6, the stringent emissions regulations of the European Union (EU).

  • As of March 31, 2013, a remarkable 97% of Mazda passenger models (not including compact mini vehicles and OEM–supplied vehicles) were SU–LEV–certified — the highest level*1 among Japanese automakers.
  • The CX-5 and the new Atenza (Mazda6) equipped with the clean diesel engine SKYACTIV–D 2.2 were qualified for Euro 6 before the regulations took effect.
  • *1As of March 2013, according to Mazda data
Ratio of Certified Low–Emission Passenger Vehicles (SU–LEV) Shipped in Japan among the Passenger Vehicles Meeting the 2005 Emissions Standards (not including compact mini vehicles and OEM–supplied vehicles)
Ratio of Certified Low–Emission Passenger Vehicles (SU–LEV) Shipped in Japan among the Passenger Vehicles Meeting the 2005 Emissions Standards (not including compact mini vehicles and OEM–supplied vehicles)

22 Models Qualify for Eco-Car Tax Reductions

As of March 2013, 22 Mazda models qualify for the Japanese government's eco-car tax reduction*2, implemented in April 2009.

Among currently registered Mazda vehicles, approximately 80% meet the tax reduction's system. (Figures based on number of vehicles shipped in FY March 2013)

  • *2An automobile weight tax and automobile acquisition tax reduction are applied when consumers purchase environmentally friendly new cars meeting or exceeding requirements for fuel economy and exhaust gas emissions by the end of March 2014.
Eco-Car Tax Reduction in Japan
Eco-Car Tax Reduction in Japan
Tax reduction
rate
Eligible models
100% 7 models Demio, CX-5 (diesel), Atenza (diesel/gasoline), Carol(OEM), Flair (OEM), Flair Wagon (OEM), Titan CNG (OEM)
75% 6 models Axela, Premacy, CX-5 (gasoline), Familia Van (OEM), Carol (OEM), Flair (OEM)
50% 9 models Demio, Axela, Premacy, CX-5 (gasoline), Biante, Atenza (gasoline), AZ Wagon (OEM), Carol (OEM), Titan (OEM)
  • *Tax reduction measures differ according to factors such as model, grade, and vehicle weight. (As of March 31, 2013)

Introduction of the Intelligent Drive Master (i-DM)

The conventional eco drive support has evolved into i-DM, a drive support system that encourages drivers to drive in a safe, fun and environmentally friendly manner. This system was introduced with the new Demio (Japanese model) in June 2011, and subsequently in the Axela and CX-5. In FY March 2013, i-DM was introduced in the new Atenza.


Supporting Eco-Friendly Driving in Japan

To encourage sustained efforts toward environmentally friendly driving, Mazda equips some of its vehicles with features such as eco lamps and an eco drive gauge that contribute to fuel-economy gains in everyday driving.


Expanded Adoption of Biomaterials

CX–5 radiator tank
CX–5 radiator tank

Mazda has produced new vehicle parts from plant-derived materials on a commercial basis, which have potential to facilitate society's shift away from the use of fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions.

  • First use was in the radiator tank of the upgraded Demio (Japanese model) with SKYACTIV-G; this has now expanded to Premacy/Mazda 5 (gasoline), the CX-5 and Atenza/Mazda6 (diesel).

Mazda is currently undertaking technological development of bioplastics that use non-food materials.


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