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Performance like you've never known

Driving enjoyment is essential to Mazda. It’s in our DNA, and every car we make. But we’re also committed to reducing environmental impact as much as possible. It’s a tough challenge, but it led us to a breakthrough – SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

Wherever more efficiency could be unlocked, we’ve done so. Engines create more power, yet use less fuel. Transmissions have less friction and are smaller and lighter. High tensile steel dramatically cuts body weight to improve handling and economy, but safety isn't compromised. Closely optimised aerodynamics boost efficiency and performance.

SKYACTIV-G petrol engine

The SKYACTIV-G petrol engine features direct injection with a precise multi-hole system to minimise fuel use. Its unique piston design promotes more effective fuel combustion – boosting power and lowering emissions.

SKYACTIV-G petrol engines are used in the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3 and CX-5.

SKYACTIV-D diesel engine

SKYACTIV-D diesel engines have a lower compression ratio than conventional diesels which allows for much lighter internal components. This reduces friction and inertia, enabling more responsive power delivery. Multi-hole piezo injectors and variable valve lift optimise engine economy.

SKYACTIV-D diesel engine is used in Mazda6 and CX-5.

SKYACTIV Transmissions


We wanted a manual transmission that gives you the light, crisp shifting feel of a sports car.

Simplified internal design, plus close attention to the shift mechanisms, has delivered this responsive and sporting feel. The SKYACTIV-MT is much more compact and much lighter than comparable manual transmissions. Match this with a significant reduction in friction and fuel economy is much improved.

SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission is used in the Mazda2, Mazda3, CX-3 (2.0L Petrol FWD) and CX-5 (Maxx).


We’ve combined the best attributes of conventional automatic, continuously variable and dual clutch transmissions.

This means you get maximum driving fun and high efficiency. The SKYACTIV-Drive transmission couples directly with the engine over a far wider range than other automatics. This delivers a significant improvement in fuel economy and a more direct, manual transmission-like power delivery and driving feel.

SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission is used in the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3 and CX-5.

SKYACTIV Body and Chassis


New-generation design and materials achieve incredible lightness and rigidity.

The underbody employs straight-frame construction, which runs uninterrupted through the framework to boost stiffness while saving weight. Key joints are strengthened by advanced techniques that avoid the need for heavy reinforcement. 

Front and rear suspension mounting points bond directly to the underbody, adding further strength. Increased use of high and ultra-high tensile steel throughout cuts weight, yet bolsters rigidity. Throughout the structure we’ve worked tirelessly to save every gram – even the doors use special pressing methods to reduce weight without compromising strength.

SKYACTIV-Body is used in the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3 and CX-5.


From the ground up we’ve re-designed every component to create a strong sense of ‘oneness’ between car and driver. 

To achieve nimble handling with superb bump absorption, the front strut and rear multi-link suspension uses firmer bushings and completely revised geometry. Both front and rear cross members offer impressive stiffness with low weight, thanks to an innovative welding method.

SKYACTIV-Chassis is used in the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3 and CX-5.

i-ELOOP and i-stop will change the way you think about driving

Come to a stop and i-stop automatically turns off your engine to save fuel. The engine is perfectly positioned to leap back into action, so restarting takes much less time than conventional systems.

i-stop is used in the Mazda2 (Maxx and Genki), Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3 and CX-5.

With i-ELOOP, harvested energy is used to power on-board electrical systems such as climate control, audio, headlamps and even engine management. This cuts fuel use by as much as 10% in everyday traffic conditions (coupled with i-stop).

The use of a high-capacity double-layer capacitor allows much more efficient charging and discharging than conventional battery-based systems – full charge can be reached in under 10 seconds.

i-ELOOP is used in the Mazda6.

ATS All Wheel Drive Mazda

Active Torque Split (ATS) All-Wheel Drive

Mazda CX-9 is equipped with Mazda’s Active Torque Split all-wheel drive system. The all-wheel drive system achieves a fine balance between sporty control and handling stability on snowy or wet surfaces, or under other challenging road conditions, that makes it particularly enjoyable to drive. Power and torque are effectively transferred to the road surface for maximum efficiency and performance.

The system uses real-time input data on steering angle, yaw rate, lateral G force and engine status to determine road surface and driving conditions. The active torque coupling mounted in front of the rear differential is electronically controlled accordingly, adjusting front/rear wheel torque distribution between 100:0 and 50:50 to deliver optimum drive power to each wheel. The result is powerful acceleration and positive handling regardless of constantly changing road conditions, as well as the ability to fully balance the car in a turn by deft use of the accelerator pedal.

Traction Control System (TCS)

Wheel speed sensors determine when a wheel loses traction and as a result, engine torque to that wheel is reduced. Brakes are applied to the traction-less wheel and it is slowed down to match speed of the other driven wheel(s). TCS is a standard feature on all Mazda vehicles.

TCS control actuates torque reduction through electronic throttle control, fuel cut and ignition timing control, as well as using brake control to control traction.

The left and right wheels are controlled at the same time by electronic throttle control, fuel cut and ignition timing control. Therefore, when the road surface friction differs between the left and right wheels, proper torque reduction cannot be performed separately for each wheel. When this occurs, torque reduction is performed by independent left and right wheel brake control, providing stable vehicle control.

Roll Stability Control (RSC)

CX-9 and BT-50 are prevented from rolling by a sophisticated Roll Stability Control (RSC) system. RSC measures signals from the roll rate sensor and the wheel speed sensor and adjusts braking and/or torque to counter any roll movement.

With RSC, roll movement is measured based on signals from the roll rate sensor (detects roll angle) and the wheel speed sensor (detects tyre rise). Brakes and/or torque are then applied to effect a roll moment in the opposite direction. As a result, the vehicle recovers rather than rolling over.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

DSC helps prevent understeer or oversteer by managing the braking force and engine torque delivered to individual wheels. DSC helps you stay on track under any road conditions. DSC is a standard feature on all Mazda vehicles.