Mazda appears ready to join the hybrid and electric vehicle markets.

At the Global Tech Forum in Frankfurt, the automaker said that a mild hybrid version of some vehicles will be available as of 2019, with plug-in hybrids coming in 2021.

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Also in 2019, Mazda will launch its first electric vehicle, which will also come with a rotary engine range extender.

By 2035, the Japanese automaker said that every new Mazda sold will have some form of electrification.

Mazda is also working on autonomous vehicles, with testing of that platform to begin in 2020. Autonomous systems could be available in every model as of 2025.

The company also recently announced that it will introduce compression ignition gasoline engines. Known as SKYACTIV-X, these engines are said to deliver 30 per cent more torque and fuel savings of 20 per cent.

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Kevin’s passion for the automobile can be traced to years of sitting inside his uncle’s Corvette – even though it was stored in a garage and in desperate need of restauration. But the engine still worked and when it was fired up, it ignited a love affair that lives on to this day.
With a background in journalism and years as an editor under his belt, Kevin jumped at the chance to edit and then manage the Driving section of the Montreal Gazette, where he would also cut his teeth as an automotive reviewer, while also writing about car news and all the latest concepts at car shows. He has also contributed to AutoGO, Auto123, Autotrader.ca and The Truth About Cars, popular automotive websites in Canada and the US.
His passion for cars and sports is put to good use every summer when Formula One takes over Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, covering the week’s events for the past five years. He has also covered NASCAR and IndyCar racing in Montreal.
Like a finely tuned pit crew, Kevin has also mastered how to quickly disconnect, move and re-secure a car seat from one press car to another in record time.
Kevin is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and was a co-chair of the 2016 EcoRun.

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