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Mazda Takeri Concept In New York

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On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mazda Takeri Concept In New York

Diesels may not always translate so well from foreign languages to American English, but that isn't stopping Mazda from showing off the diesel Takeri concept at the New York Auto Show. The concept is equipped with Mazda's new SkyActiv-D engine.

Mazda debuted the Takeri concept at last year's Tokyo Motor Show, and the New York show represents its North American debut. Mazda says that it is the first concept to use the new Skyactiv-D clean turbodiesel.

The engine is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel that offers high torque and cleaner combustion. Mazda says it boosts fuel economy by 20 percent over the current 2.2-liter diesel engine thanks to the two-stage turbocharger.

In addition to the efficient engine, the Takeri is outfitted with a suite of Skyactiv technologies. The i-start system provides the world's fastest diesel engine restart at less than 0.4 second, creating for smoother pick-up and better stop-go fuel economy, according to Mazda.

Mazda describes the new i-ELOOP system as the world's first capacitor-based regenerative braking system. Instead of an electric motor and battery, which other regenerative braking systems use to recover and store energy from braking, i-ELOOP uses a capacitor. The i-ELOOP system recovers energy from braking, converts it to electricity and directs it toward powering internal electrical systems like the radio and climate control.

Just as compelling as its clean technologies are its looks. The Takeri is the latest child of Kodo language. The Takeri name translates to 'male' and it was envisioned as a strong, masculine design. Kodo elements include the five-point grille and the "katana-like" body lines.

The i-stop system is available in various markets around the world, and the i-ELOOP system will launch later this year. The Takeri itself is a preview of the new Mazda6.


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