Dave Coleman, vehicle development engineer for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), explains Mazda’s skyactiv technology to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com.

Since torque converters work best at low speeds Mazda added a multi-plate clutch to the torque converter. Coleman shows the old system and the new system through pictures and animation (courtesy of Mazda). It all sounds simple and smart when Coleman explains sky activ, and it adds up to a 7 percent increase in fuel savings.