With a little help from Toyota.
Mazda is among the most fuel-efficient automakers in the United States with nothing larger than a four-cylinder engine in its entire lineup. Yet its fleet fuel economy could be improved by adding hybrids and electric vehicles, neither of which is currently available in the US. That is set to change, according to a recent announcement. Mazda Motor Corporation has just revealed its "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030" plan, which includes five policy goals for the remainder of the decade.
For starters, this announcement doesn't spell doom for Mazda's internal combustion engines. The company will soon release a new rear-wheel-drive SkyActiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture, powered by a newly developed inline-six engine. This platform and engine combination should debut on the next-generation Mazda6, followed by the rumored CX-50. The inline-six will debut 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, but Mazda says it will feature "multiple electrification solutions."
The Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture will arrive in Japan, Europe, the US, China, and ASEAN markets between 2022 and 2025, spawning five hybrid models, five plug-in hybrids, and three EVs. It's worth noting that some of these models will use a Toyota hybrid system. Mazda is set to receive a rebadged version of the Corolla Cross, which will count as one of the five upcoming HEV models. The 2022 Mazda MX-30 is set to launch later this year as the brand's first US-bound EV, but it will only be available in California at first.
Mazda says it will introduce several products riding on a new Scalable EV Architecture between 2025 and 2030, which should kick off its bold EV strategy in a major way. Based on this plan, 100% of Mazda's upcoming models will have some electrification, and EVs will make up 25% of the company's volume by 2030.
Included in the electrification announcement, Mazda mentioned a new Co-pilot Concept aimed at creating an accident-free society. The Mazda Co-pilot Concept can detect when a driver's physical condition changes and safely bring the vehicle to a stop. This technology will debut on Mazda's large products starting in 2022. Other upcoming technologies include over-the-air updates, using technology shared between Mazda, Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu, and Toyota.