Toyota’s Next-Gen Mazda-Built Yaris Will Use Skyactiv Engine

Mazda-Built Next-Gen Toyota Yaris Will Use Skyactiv Engines

Mazda Hazumi concept

Mazda has a very good thing going with its Skyactiv engine technology, with direct injection, “volcano-top” pistons, four-into-two-into-one exhaust system, and super-high compression ratio yielding impressive power and stratospheric fuel economy for its gasoline mills without substituting turbochargers for cylinders as Ford has done with its EcoBoost program. It seems that Toyota agrees, according to a report in Automotive News, which states that Toyota will use one of Mazda’s Skyactiv engines in its next Yaris, which will be built alongside the upcoming Mazda 2 starting next year at Mazda’s new assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico.

The report quotes Keishi Egawa, CEO of Mazda’s Mexico operations, as saying, “Stamping, dies—that is theirs,” as well as “some of the interior design work,” but that the Toyota model will use “our engine.” Also according to the report, Toyota will be allotted 50,000 vehicles from the plant out of its 230,000-vehicle annual capacity.

The report didn’t specify which Skyactiv engine would be used, but one possibility is Mazda’s miserly 83-hp 1.3-liter Skyactiv-G engine, which may be rather wimpy, but could help the Yaris achieve upward of 50 mpg with the right transmission and lightweight sheetmetal. The Mazda Hazumi concept, which previews the next 2, was shown in Geneva this week with Mazda’s sweet 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D turbo-diesel engine. It’s unlikey that Toyota would want the diesel, and we doubt that we’ll see it in the Mazda 2 in this country, either.

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Written by Lewis Shaw

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