The vehicles which will be released starting 2012 will be using the new generation of Sky engines, a group of powerplants which are planned to propel the Japanese manufacturer among the top sellers of vehicles. Some of the engines are so advanced from the environmentally stand point, that they already meet the Euro 6 emission standards. The diesel units using the new technology are also cheaper than the current Euro 5 engines.
The powerplants will be fitted onto the new corporate platform, being both good for the Mazda models which will be released for the next ten years. According to Autocar, the new platform is made from box sections which, once linked together, form a type of space frame.
This configuration will allow the carmaker to vary the size of the platform so that it can accommodate several models, from the Mazda3 to the CX-7. The new platform is also said to be lighter and about 30 percent less stiff than the one used today on the Mazda 6.
The volume to be generated by the new platform is likely to be close to the total number of units sold by Mazda. 800,000 new Mazdas out of the roughly 1.2 million to be sold will use the new platform-Sky engines combination.