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‘Doctor on the Road’: Mazda 3

A new innovative and technically advanced offering from Mazda is well worth thinking seriously about, says our motoring correspondent Dr Tony Rimmer.

Medicine has always encouraged innovators. The great milestones in the advancement of diagnosis and treatment have all been led by single-minded scientists or medics who think slightly differently to the rest of us.

Most successful independent practitioners have done well through looking at their work and working patterns from a slightly different perspective and fine-
tuning accordingly.

Mazda is a car manufacturer with a reputation for thinking and acting outside of the box. Over the years, it has pursued technologies eschewed by other makers and sold cars with innovative appeal. 

One such product was the RX8, a four-seat sports car with a rotary engine produced between 2002 and 2012. The engine had all the power and smoothness that you would expect but suffered from high fuel consumption. 

While most companies are now looking to electrify their models to reduce COemissions, Mazda is looking at the problem from a different angle.

It believes that, until we can guarantee that the electricity used to charge electric vehicles is fully generated from renewable sources, we should be looking to seriously improve the fuel efficiency of our conventional petrol engines.

With this in mind, it has developed its new 2.0litre Skyactiv-X engine and it makes its debut in the new Golf-sized hatchback.