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Automakers Searching for Ways to Meet the Impending Mileage Guidelines

Mazda is giving people a sneak preview of the CX-5, their newest crossover, with a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The sculpted styling speaks to their Kodo designing, but what’s important lies beneath the hood.

The CX-5, and other Mazda automobiles, will be powered by a SkyActiv powertrain designed to give a bump in performance and fuel economy. Just like most car makers, Mazda struggles to meet the demand for higher mileage cars, but it’s time to get serious, now that the Obama administration plans to raise the CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standard to 54.5 mpg by the year 2025.

This is a downgrade from previous proposals that suggested 62 mpg. Industry leaders have endorsed these new guidelines, yet say it will be a difficult and costly task to achieve, and will most likely require technological advances that haven’t even been thought of yet.