Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that its newly - developed SKYACTIV -G 1.3 engine has been named the 2012 “Technology of the Year” by the Au tomotive Researchers’ and Journalists Conference of Japan (RJC).

The SKYACTIV -G 1.3 engine is available in the Mazda Demio for the Japanese market.

RJC chairman, Hiroshi Fukunaga, announced the award after the final round of voting.

The breakthrough SKYA CTIV -G 1.3 achieves a record * high compression ratio of 14.0:1 and exhibits outstanding efficiency, especially under high load at low rpm. In order to avoid knocking – an unavoidable issue with conventional high -compression engines – the SKYACTIV -G 1.3 fea tures a number of new technologies, such as special piston cavities that are designed to support ideal combustion, and special SKYACTIV-G 1.3 engine multi -hole injectors that enable precise fuel injection control.

The first European vehicle to have a full slate of SKYACTIV Tech nologies will be the Mazda CX-5 set for launch early next year. This all-new compact crossover SUV will offer European benchmark reductions in both fuel consumption and emissions, combined with the exhilarating driving experience Mazda is known for.

* For a regular gasoline mass production automobile engine, as of October 30, 2011 (Mazda data)