- mazda has confirmed that the mx-5 miata will be electrified in the coming decade.
- evs will make up 25 percent of mazda's lineup by 2030, with every vehicle featuring some degree of electrification.
- mazda will keep working with gasoline engines, including both the skyactiv-x inline-fours and the upcoming inline-sixes.
with governments across the globe implementing legislation that will push the auto market towards electric power, many automakers have been declaring plans to electrify their lineups over the coming decade and mazda is the latest to join the fray. mazda's vision, dubbed "sustainable zoom-zoom 2030," is a blueprint for how the japanese firm will progress with evs, autonomous cars, and digital connectivity. importantly, mazda also confirmed to car and driver that the mx-5 miata will live on and will gain some form of electrification, as mazda aims to electrify its entire lineup by 2030.
mazda has said it hopes to be entirely carbon neutral by 2050, and sustainable zoom-zoom 2030 is the first step towards reaching that goal. along with having a fully electrified product range, mazda also aims to have 25 percent of its lineup be made up of electric vehicles by 2030. considering that mazda's only ev, the mx-30, will only go on sale in california this fall, mazda will need to introduce a lot of new evs.
to that end, the company said that between 2022 and 2025 it will launch five traditional hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, and three evs. presumably, one of the hybrids will be the next version of the miata. mazda reassured us that it "will work hard to make it a lightweight, affordable, open two-seater sports car in order to meet the needs of customers."
it is possible that some of these 13 planned vehicles won't reach the united states—mazda says the vehicles are for europe, the u.s., china, japan, and southeast asia, so some could be hybridized versions of models such as the china-only cx-4.
although the mx-30 is related to the gas-powered cx-30, mazda is also developing a dedicated ev platform, called skyactiv ev scalable architecture, slated to make its debut in 2025 and to underpin several new models coming before 2030. mazda isn't giving up on internal-combustion engines, however, also revealing that it is "continuously enhancing our internal-combustion engines," which, the company confirms, are the current skyactiv-x inline-fours and the upcoming inline-sixes destined for mazda's larger offerings.
mazda is also working on autonomous driving, with the goal of bringing co-pilot 1.0 to its larger vehicles starting in 2022. the system keeps track of the driver's condition and can take over and direct the car to safety if it notices a drastic change. it will also contact emergency services. mazda also plans to institute over-the-air software updates and has entered an agreement with suzuki, subaru, daihatsu, and toyota to create engineering standards for in-vehicle communication devices to boost safety, efficiency, and convenience in these systems.