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Mazda Takeri Concept: New York Auto Show

author photo by Nick Jaynes April 2012
  • Mazda unveils the Takeri concept vehicle at this year's New York Auto Show
  • The latest from Mazda's Kodo design language and a preview of the 2014 Mazda6
  • The Takeri features Mazda's Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine technology

After unveiling the new Takeri concept, Mazda announced that the car represents a preview of the 2014 Mazda6, a new global platform. The Mazda Takeri concept's name is derived from the Japanese word for "male." The Takeri is the third vehicle to feature Mazda's new Kodo design language-following the CX-5 and the Minagi concept-and is intentionally masculine and aggressive with strong, lean bodylines accented by an extra-large wheel and brake combination.

Surprisingly, despite its sporting outward design, the Takeri has been fitted with Mazda's 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine as well as other fuel-saving technologies such as "i-stop" (a stop-start system) and i-ELOOP (a regenerative braking system). Mated to the fuel-efficient Skyactiv-D diesel engine is a six-speed automatic transmission complete with racing-inspired paddle shifters, exemplifying Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom" performance mentality.

The Skyactiv-D boasts the world's lowest compression ratio (14.0:1) for a diesel engine. The Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter is 10 percent lighter than the current Mazda diesel offering, the MZR-CD 2.2-liter diesel engine. Additionally, the Skyactiv-D reduces internal engine friction by 20 percent and improves fuel economy by 20 percent as well.

Mazda achieved these improvements by using a new two-stage turbocharger, which delivers a smooth and steady response across the engine range as well as optimizing the engine's combustion timing. Thanks in large part to its low compression ratio, the Skyactiv-D diesel engine burns cleaner and emits fewer nitrogen oxides.

The Takeri steel body was shaped to resemble katana strokes. The interior of the Takeri is both simple and elegant. Satin chrome is used selectively and purposefully throughout the striking, mostly-black instrument panel.

The Takeri hints at the 2014 Mazda6, but Mazda says several designs will change by the time of production. Although not much is known now, Mazda says customers will be able to look for the 2014 Mazda6 in late 2013.

What it means to you: Mazda debuts a sneak peek at the 2014 Mazda6 in a striking, athletic and eco-friendly concept, further distinguishing the brand as both design conscious and forward thinking.

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