Mazda's Skyactiv-G 1.3-litre petrol engine has won the 2012 'Technology of the Year' award. Mazda has said that this 1.3-litre petrol will have more torque, better fuel economy and lower emissions.

The engine is available for the soon-to-be-released Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 is a new compact SUV that was originally revealed as a concept car at the Geneva Motor show in 2011.

Unlike models like the Mazda CX-7 SUV it is compact and therefore more suited to city driving, but still gives the driver an SUV-like experience.

It is available in two and four wheel drive, although it is definitely considered more of a soft-roader.

As well as being available with the 1.3-litre Skyactiv-G petrol, a 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel are also available. All three of these engines are designed using the efficient Skyactiv technology.

The Skyactiv technology does not just feature in the engine; it appears on things like the chassis as well, ultimately making the car lighter and more economic.

This Skyactiv technology makes the CX-5's body eight per cent lighter, but also 30 per cent more rigid and solid. Mazda is aiming for the Mazda CX-5 front-wheel drive diesel model to have CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km.

Skyactiv engines will also be introduced into the Mazda2 and the Mazda3 to boost fuel economy in Mazda's small car range.

Mazda CX-5 factfile

What is Mazda's Skyactiv technology?

The technology applies to its engine and other mechanics. It ultimately makes the car more economic by reducing emissions and pushing up fuel economy.

When does the Mazda CX-5 come out?

It is set to be released in spring 2012.

How much will it cost?

Exact prices have not yet been announced but prices are expected to be around the £21,000 mark.