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Trevor Collett | Aug, 18 2014 | 14 Comments

Mazda will add a diesel-electric hybrid power plant to its passenger car range by 2016, according to reports out of Japan.

Japanese news service The Yomiuri Shimbun says unnamed Mazda sources have confirmed the carmaker is currently developing the new power plant, chasing a fuel figure as low as 2.5 l/100km.

That would compare quite favourably with Toyota’s current passenger hybrid champion in the petrol-electric Prius C, which boasts fuel consumption of 3.9 l/100km in Australia.

Mazda’s current policy on economy centres mainly around its Skyactiv technology; based on ‘traditional’ petrol (in non-turbocharged form) and diesel internal combustion engines without battery-powered motors for company.

A report earlier this year suggested Mazda’s second generation Skyacitv engines would improve efficiency by around 30 percent over the already-frugal current spec power plants.

Such an achievement could see figures for some Skyactiv diesels of between 3.0-4.0 l/100km, but not quite the reported super-efficient 2.5 l/100km goal of the diesel-hybrid.

The Mazda2 and Mazda3 would be likely starters for a new diesel-hybrid engine, although the Mazda6 or even the CX-5 SUV may also be under consideration.

The new diesel-hybrid power plant will reportedly be offered to Japanese and European customers in 2016, but whether availability might extent to Australia in 2017 or beyond is unclear.

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