Mazda plans to unveil its new Takeri concept at the Tokyo Auto Show in late November. The car will feature a unique regenerative braking system that powers the car’s electrical functions and saves fuel.
A hint of the new Mazda6
The Takeri concept is a mid-size four-door sedan that hints strongly at the next generation Mazda6, according to Hidetoshi Kudo, Mazda’s general manager for product strategy. Top Gear calls the hint “pleasingly aggressive.” Mazda says the car brings “a new level of strength and allure to mid-size saloon styling.”
‘Soul of motion’
The car also features what the company calls its new “kodo” design language. Kodo means “soul of motion,” and the sculpted, flowing design certainly exemplifies that ideal. The same design strategy will debut commercially in the 2013 Mazda CX-5 small crossover.
Skyactiv fuel-saving technology
The Takeri concept car also features Mazda’s new “Skyactiv” system of fuel-saving technologies. Those embellishments include 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine as well as an engine idle-stop system that saves fuel by stopping the engine when the car remains stationary.
Unique regenerative braking system
The introduction of a new regenerative braking system takes the fuel-saving technology even further. The system generates electricity whenever the brake is pressed. That electricity is stored in capacitors and employed later to power electrical functions of the car.
The system saves fuel and reduces emissions by relieving the engine of the duty of keeping the battery charged. According to Mazda, capacitors are superior to batteries because they charge more quickly and hold their power longer.
Mazda6 debuts next year
Mazda says that by 2015 all of its cars will feature the kodo design strategy as well as the Skyactiv fuel-saving technology. The next generation Mazda6 is expected to debut at the end of 2012. Kudo said there are plans to make a diesel and a gasoline version for the American market.