Mazda3 Hybrid, CNG Concept to Debut in Tokyo

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Mazda 3 hybrid will make its official public debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, and it won’t be the only Mazda3 variant being unveiled.

Along with the hybrid variant, which is only confirmed for the Japanese market, will be a SkyActiv-CNG concept. It will be the first time the Mazda3 will be shown running on compressed natural gas.

Mazda3 Hybrid Unveiled for Japanese Market

The Japanese automaker is pushing its new Mazda3 model to be “multi-solution,” that is, it is capable of using a diverse range of energy source. The SkyActiv-CNG is the latest addition to the lineup, albeit in concept form, and will have about 20 percent less emissions compared to the gasoline engines of the same displacement.

Rather than relying exclusively on CNG, the car uses a dual fuel system capable of running on both gasoline and natural gas. Mazda’s SkyActiv gasoline engines already run at a high compression ratio, which mnimized the required necessary modifications.

GALLERY: Mazda3 Hybrid

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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