Mazda Has Raised The Bar Again
As someone who has an unwavering love of cars, appreciates the transcendence of driving, and a reverence for most complex mechanical processes that somehow work in perfect symphony, all of this promise of moving toward electric-driverless-souless mobility pods might have me seeking therapy. However, there are a few automakers that stand as a beacon of hope, as protectors of the holy grail, as an homage to machines that when built right take you closer to a higher power. Mazda happens to be one of them, and their latest Mazda6 sedan has me more excited than ever.
"We don't necessarily believe in what the other guys are doing," said Jay Chen - a powertrain engineer at Mazda "We believe the internal-combustion engine is here to stay, we believe our approach is better. In the past, Mazda has tried to compete with Toyota and Honda head-to-head as a mainstream headline commodity manufacturer, and we hurt from that that."And perhaps Mazda is on to something, Americans don't want to give up the convenience and power of petrol powered cars and what about people who live in apartments who don't have access to charging stations? Furthermore, if electric cars are to be charged by burning natural gas or coal in a power-plant, require new batteries every some-odd years, require that those batteries be recycled, and need precious earth metals from mines in countries that have less-than-favorable human rights track records, could a highly efficient Skyactiv Mazda actually be an equally socially responsible choice? The University of California at Berkeley's Energy Resources Collaborative appears to suggest so.