Geneva gossip #3

March 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Final round-up of snippets post-Press Day.

Mazda is to launch an all-new ‘family’ of petrol engines which will bring average fuel economy down by 30% by 2015. The ‘Sky’ engines will be launched in Japan next year, and in Europe in 2012. Mazda president Takashi Yamanouchi said that the Sky-D unit will be as economical as a mild hybrid, but will cost less. Mazda is working on hybrids and EVs as well, however.

Lotus Engineering is in talks with “a major manufacturer” about licensing its hybrid range-extender powertrain. Several companies have shown an interest in the powertrain, as showcased in the Evora 414E Hybrid concept car, which features a three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine which can run on petrol, ethanol or methanol. Production of 50,000 engines a year is under discussion with a supplier, says Autocar.

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