Category: Green Driving

Mazda Aqua-tech Paint Technology Spreading Overseas

MazdaMazda Aqua-tech Paint technology, the lowest-impact auto painting method in the world, has been used exclusively in Mazda’s Ujina Plant No. 1 in Japan since its installation in 2012.

The method, which combines state-of-the-art paint with innovative energy-saving technologies, was recognized last year by the Prime Minister of Japan for its exceptionally low emissions. According to Mazda, Aqua-tech lowers emissions 78% from its previous and already low-impact oil-based paint systems without increasing energy use.

Now, three years after its initial installation in Japan, Mazda is bringing the Aqua-tech system to its production facility in Jiangsu, China. This marks only the second time the system will be used in a facility and the first time it has been installed at an overseas plant.

Mazda cites that Aqua-tech produces the same quality finish as its previous paint system and systems used by other automakers. Mazda is committed to reducing both CO2 and Volatile Organic Compound emissions, and will most likely gradually introduce Aqua-tech to its other plants in Japan and around the world.



Hyundai Ioniq Debut Comes to United States

HyundaiNow you can catch a glimpse of the all-new Hyundai Ioniq. It made its United States premiere at the New York International Auto Show and showed what it has to offer.

This car will begin sales in 2017, offering Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric model versions. The Ioniq is already making history with these three distinct electrified powertrains on a single vehicle platform.

When you’re behind the wheel of the Ioniq, you’ll get advanced features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless smartphone charging. Plus you get amazing resolution in your 7-inch TFT instrument cluster that displays all of your driver information.

The Ioniq has an amazing, sleek design with aerodynamic features that give it a fluid exterior shape and cut down on wind resistance. The efficiency of the Ioniq is what’s really turning heads. The Ioniq Electric has an estimated 125 MPGe rating and offers ultimate mobility with an estimated driving range of 110 miles.

“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the US market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai North America.

If you’re interested in all this model has to offer, keep an eye out for when the Hyundai Ioniq debuts at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi!