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The Mazda TAKERI concept car is a crystallization of the new ‘KODO — Soul of Motion’ design theme and breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, showing the future direction of Mazda’s new-generation mid-sized sedan.
Making its debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the Mazda TAKERI’s design, driving pleasure and environmental performance demonstrated how it will become the ideal new-generation mid-sized sedan at the core of the Mazda vehicle line up. Inheriting the four-door sports coupe vision of the Mazda SHINARI concept car, TAKERI combines speed and excitement with sedan car styling. It is also equipped with the new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, Mazda’s i-stop idling stop system, and a unique regenerative braking system ‘i-ELOOP’ developed in pursuit of ultimate energy efficiency. Together, these technologies achieve astonishing improvements in fuel efficiency and driving performance.
Evolving from the Mazda SHINARI, Mazda TAKERI exhibits styling that reflects the full nature of a Mazda sedan, with striking balance and a masculine power; the name TAKERI is derived from a Japanese word meaning ‘male.’ In developing TAKERI, the aim was to balance striking emotional appeal with unmistakably sedan-like styling, and to do it at a level never achieved before. The result is uniquely sporty sedan styling that embodies the quality and allure demanded in the mid-sized sedan category.
Mazda TAKERI is fully equipped with the breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY introduced on the Mazda CX-5. Its engine is the SKYACTIV-D new-generation highly efficient clean diesel, which, in combination with the six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission and i-stop idling stop system, delivers refined performance that overturns the traditional unexciting diesel image, along with superior fuel efficiency.
The TAKERI concept also adopts Mazda’s regenerative braking system i-ELOOP that represents Step Two of Mazda’s Building Block Strategy, following i-stop.
Through the combination of regenerative braking, the highly efficient SKYACTIV powertrain and architecture, and i-stop, TAKERI delivers astonishingly high levels of both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental performance.
Building on the styling of the previous concept model, the Mazda SHINARI, Mazda focused on making TAKERI’s exterior design even more arresting by visually capturing a sense of coiled animal power stored and ready to explode into rapid motion, and fitting it around the layout and packaging of a mid-sized sedan.
The powerful overhanging front fender line, sculpted over the wheels, evokes the image of a cheetah’s shoulder as it uses its front paws to grip the ground and quickly change direction.
The rear fender line is the powerful inflection of the hip as the cheetah kicks off to run. Building from these images and melding the rhythms of the differing front and rear shapes, the designers were able to clearly express a lean, muscular body and the sense of running free. In addition, the powerful axis that runs the full length of the vehicle evokes an image of the car’s spine, visually embodying a confident, masculine power as well as a sense of speed.
Superior aerodynamic performance was achieved by optimally tuning the airflow over the upper body and efficiently rectifying the airflow with the underfloor design.
The deeply chiselled front view has the ‘signature wings’ that tell you immediately this is a new-generation Mazda. The entire front end has the solidity and confidence appropriate for a mid-sized sedan. Headlamps are set deep into the wings in sculpted mountings, suggesting a glint in the eye and a desire to run free.
While containing a comfortable space for four adults, the cabin is positioned further back to express dynamic proportions giving a superb balance between the stylistic beauty of a sedan, an emotionally appealing elegance, and an unparalleled expression of power that lets you intuitively feel the joy of driving.
Similar to the front, the rear is deeply chiselled to express a strong sense of determination. The lines from the side and the shape of the trunk create a fine balance between a sense of speed and a sense of stability.
A newly-developed red further accentuates the sculptured shapes and delicate inflections of KODO design. This high-quality, passionate red amplifies expression with depth, beautifully expressing gradations from highlights to shaded areas in sunlight, further enhancing the driver’s expectations.
Taking the thinking behind Mazda SHINARI as a starting point, TAKERI’s interior is a high-level balance of the sense of speed and the functionality of the driver-car interface. Of course, materials used and the overall comfort and ambience of the cabin are appropriate for Mazda’s top-of-the-range mid-sized sedan.
The flowing lines from the upper section of the instrument panel to the door trim evoke a sense of speed and pulse-raising dynamism that is KODO design at its finest.
The lower section of the instrument panel forms a strong horizontal line and the thick trim which looks like a part of the frame, runs horizontally from the passenger side to the centre panel. The result is a sense of stability suited to a sedan, differing markedly from the SHINARI four-door sports coupe’s interior.
Further, the instrument panel garnish has a metal base with a clear coating that creates a fresh sense of newness. When struck by light, the base naturally has a metallic sheen, displaying a sense of depth and quality befitting a sedan.
Takeri – the new look for Mazda
Evolved SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY
TAKERI introduces Step Two of the breakthrough SKYACTIV technologies: the new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine with the world’s first* diesel idling stop system that achieves a single-compression restart, and the regenerative braking system ‘i-ELOOP’
Mazda TAKERI’s new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine achieves compression-induced spontaneous ignition at the world’s lowest* compression ratio. The major result is an ideal combustion cycle with highly efficient energy conversion. It also results in lower mechanical stress, reducing friction and allowing dramatic reductions in the weight of each engine component. Thanks to these benefits, SKYACTIV-D delivers exhilarating acceleration in combination with exceptional fuel economy to upend conventional views of the diesel engine.
TAKERI is also equipped with an i-stop system specifically developed for use with a diesel engine that achieves the world’s first* re-ignition with a single compression. This eliminates the load on the battery and starter motor during restarts and cuts fuel wastage to achieve superior environmental performance. This clearly sets i-stop apart from conventional diesel engine idling stop systems, giving smooth, fast restarts and relaxed, stress-free driving.
In addition, TAKERI features Mazda’s unique regenerative braking system i-ELOOP to greatly improve driving performance and fuel economy. Regenerative braking systems use braking or engine-braking to convert kinetic energy into electricity and storing it for later use. Recovering this kinetic energy reduces the need for the engine to generate electricity, and therefore saving fuel and enhancing economy.
** is also available to new BT-50 owners where every scheduled service completed by Mazda specialist technicians for a 3 year/100,000km term (whichever wherever occurs first) will cost no more than $200 (incl. GST) per service for models built after 1 November 2012. *** 3,350kg applies to earlier models.