Mazda is giving the Takeri concept car its European debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, previewing the manufacturer’s design direction for its future road cars.
The Takeri has been designed on Mazda’s new ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme and features a number of sporty styling cues. These further develop the familiar look of Mazda’s dynamic range of products and also highlight what a future Mazda saloon could look like.
The Takeri is also loaded with technology to highlight the Japanese brand’s continuing focus on efficiency.
The saloon concept features Mazda’s eco-focussed SKYACTIV technology in the form of the new high efficiency SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engine, fuel-saving ‘i-stop’ start-stop technology and six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic gearbox.
For the SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, Mazda has improved performance, refinement and efficiency so the Takeri promises to deliver a sporty and environmentally friendly driving experience.
The Takeri is also the first Mazda to be equipped with the firm’s new i-ELOOP regenerative braking energy recovery system (short for intelligent energy loop) – technology that uses capacitors instead of batteries in order to increase the speed at which charge can be stored or deployed.
The system converts kinetic energy to electricity under braking meaning no loss in performance or comfort is incurred but efficiency is increased greatly – effectively recouping wasted energy and putting it to good use.
The power harnessed by the system is then used to run the vehicles electrical components, thereby reducing load on the engine and increasing fuel economy by as much as 10 per cent.
Overall, the Mazda Takeri is a fascinating glimpse into the future direction for the ambitious brand. Expect the cues seen in the Takeri to influence the direction of future Mazdas coming to T W White’s showrooms in Bookham, Surrey and Orpington, Kent.