Mazda Australia boss Vinesh Bhindi explains why the Japanese brand is introducing high-capacity internal combustion engines while the rest of the automotive industry is introducing electric vehicles.
Mazda will continue to offer a wide range of petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric options for the foreseeable future, as alternative manufacturers – and jurisdictions, particularly in Europe – continue to draw lines in the sand for the internal combustion engine .
The Japanese automaker is keen to keep choice available to customers, especially for markets where EV charging infrastructure and government incentives are harder to come by.
Talk to Conduct at the international launch of the plug-in hybrid Mazda CX-60, Mazda Australia Managing Director Vinesh Bhindi said “different markets have a different stance on alternative drivetrains, whether they are EV [all-electric] or anything else.
“The government of the day is talking about net zero 2050… where we are as a country in terms of infrastructure [as well] tells me that in Australia the internal combustion engine – as in many other parts of the world – still has some way to go.
“Some very specific countries have said to [car makers] that you won’t be able to sell an internal combustion engine (ICE) on their marketplace. And I can understand that because they do it for their resource advantage. But I think Australia is in a different place and there are a lot of other parts of the world that are going to be different.
“So we intend to offer these transmissions as long as there is demand and it is possible to sell them in Australia. And Mazda has the same approach in other parts of the world to say that we will have several solutions, whether it is ICE, electric vehicles [electric vehicles]hybrids, rotary range extender, etc.
Mazda’s product plans suggest that by 2025 it intends to introduce five hybrid vehicles, five plug-in hybrids and three all-electric cars. Beyond that, Mazda will focus on evolving electric vehicle architecture to take it into the next decade.
The company expects 25% of its sales to be all-electric by 2030, unlike brands such as Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, which have committed to going electric-only in certain regions by the same timeframe. .
Of the new electrical architecture, “there is a plan of many products, many transmissions, instead of taking a position to say this is the date when everything changes from ‘this’ to ‘that,'” according to Bhindi.
This explains the introduction of Mazda’s latest two engines – a 3.3-litre straight-six diesel and a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine – which seem to go against the rest of the automotive world’s commitments. , which reduced the development of all-new families of internal combustion engines.
Asked if Mazda will begin development of more new engines beyond the mentioned two straight-sixes, Mr Bhindi replied “never say never”.
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