Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 is Mazda’s initiative to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Its key focus is to improve efficiency across its lineup and reduce emissions, up to 50 percent, by 2030. The introduction of hybrid and electric vehicles will greatly aid this effort but the internal combustion engine isn’t going away. Instead, the folks at Mazda intended to perfect the modern gasoline engine and have announced the latest SKYACTIV-X technology.

SKYACTIV-X is the first commercially produced gasoline engine to use compression ignition. Similar to the way a diesel engine operates, the homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) uses compression to ignite the air-fuel mixture, not a traditional spark plug. The result is an engine that is 20 to 30 percent more efficient than its outgoing counterpart. Mazda will combine the new technology with a supercharger to deliver “unprecedented” engine power and response. The SKYACTIV-X engine will be available in the 2019 lineup.