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Mazda doesn’t see a need to delve deeply into electric and hybrid technology anytime soon. Instead, the company will be focusing on enhancing the efficiency of its range of SkyActiv petrol and diesel engines through other means, Auto Express reports.

“I think there’s at least 20-30% better fuel economy by the end of the decade,” said Mazda Europe boss, Jeff Guyton on the future of SkyActiv engines. “We expect to achieve the EU’s 95g/km target without any significant deployment of electrical drive,” he added.

Such means include the introduction of advanced engine technology and a reduction in weight. “We are very passionate about weight. Weight reduces driving fun and efficiency. If you can focus on weight reduction at an affordable price, the car can be more fun to drive and have fuel economy benefits,” Guyton explained.

On that note, Guyton warned that regulators should not measure CO2 output merely based on the emissions from a car’s exhaust. “Eventually somebody needs to reflect on the fact that with most electric vehicles, there’s a big tailpipe – it’s just not on the car, it’s back in a power station some place,” he said.

He added, “that might have benefits at a location, but from a CO2 standpoint we think it’s quite likely we have a well-to-wheel CO2 (in our cars) that’s the equivalent of an electric vehicle.”

That said, treading down the electrification route hasn’t been entirely discounted of course as the Mazda 3 Hybrid is currently being offered in Japan. “We are interested in electric technology and it will be in the distant future when it will be quite important. But we think it will take some time to be commercially attractive without tax payer-funded incentives,” Guyton concluded.