Mazda’s SkyActiv movement has taken another step forward with the introduction of the SkyActiv-G-equipped Mazda3 at the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.

The 2.0 litre petrol engine option, together with the SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission, will make its way into the North American market sometime in the fall. A diesel SkyActiv pot is expected to make its debut next year.

The SkyActiv model will offer not just higher torque at low- and mid-range engine speeds, resulting in better drivability, but will also offer around 20% better fuel economy than the existing standard fare Mazda3.

The company has stated that its goal is to improve fuel efficiency by 30% by 2015, compared to 2008 levels, through its host of SkyActiv technologies, which currently focus on improving the efficiency of internal combustion core technologies and vehicle weight reduction but will expand to incorporate more items on the list as it goes along.

In addition to the new SkyActiv engine and transmission, the 2012 model year Mazda3 slated for North America features exterior updates in the form of new front and rear bumpers with a redesigned front grill, fog bezels and front headlamps, as well as new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.