Mazda is not the true "savior" of us. #rant
First of all, this post is not about hating Mazda and it’s cars. Sure, I like the Miata. And the RX-7. And the CX-5. And most Mazdas of course. Trust me. I won’t hating against Mazda in this blogpost here, but I’m just stating a truth in the text below.
Back to the point. Mazda, was recently praised by enthusiasts and car people in general, for saving the combustion engine with the fabulous “Skyactiv” technology. While everyone else is turbocharging and electrifying their lineup, Mazda uses this technology to keep it’s cars powered.
So, what was the deal then? People started to blindly “worship” Mazda as their “god”, and saying that Mazda is saving the car industry. They automatically link Mazda’s cars are “good”, and others are “bad”. Why? Because for “saving the combustion engine”. Oh no, this is where you’re are wrong, kiddo.
Whilst it’s true that currently Mazda is the only “logical minded” large car company now, but the thing is, Mazda is not the only company that is pledging to save the combustion engine. Koeingsegg have released the revolutionary “Freevalve” engine years ago. Audi is developing cleaner biodiesel for their cars. Nissan has the sophisticated variable compression engine. And several other companies have developing alternative fuels and technology for their future cars, even their contribution is smaller and less relevant to us. But that doesn’t mean that Mazda is the only company that cares about us.
Also, I have to mention, the smaller companies, like Caterham, Grumpet, Lotus, Donkervoot and etc, are still wanting their cars powered by oil power plants. Their technology isn’t as cool as Mazda’s, but their spirit is the reason why there is a chance to see an electric Mazda but not an electric Noble M600 or Caterham 160. Those companies are run by true car enthusiasts, unlike Mazda. Their spirit is strong, and they insist their cars to have the feel and the style, unlike Mazda’s mass-market oriented cars. Those car makers are the true spirit of our auto enthusiasts, and IMO the true savior of the oil-powered engine.
I mean, I can’t blame people for changing their ways. The climate is warming. Oil is getting rarer and rarer. If we keep using our unefficient engines, we could meet a big danger in the future. Electrification, is not the best way to save this. Electricity is not as good as most people think, but so do as combustion engines. Mazda do have the money to develop their Skyactiv engines, but what if the company changed their mind and instead “follow the majority” instead? Remember, Mazda, is still a very large car company, it’s one of the largest car makers with total sales figure of millions. If something big changed their mind, it could cause a significant impact to us consumers. You could argue that, but people shouldn’t overpraise them either. With the Miata as an exception, the rest of their current lineup mostly consists of practical, (kinda) boring sedans, hatchbacks and crossovers. They brilliantly know their main consumers are ordinary people, not us car guys.
So, people, Mazda is helping us right now, but they are still a company about profit, they know when they should change if the world is changing. Stop praising them like idiots or cult members. They are not hated for it’s motives, but we should know that the truth is lying somewhere. If we keep blindly praising them, it will be a really bad idea.