With the Mazda6 sedan on its last legs, the Zoom-Zoom automaker is rolling into its home exhibition at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show with the Takeri concept you see here.

The midsize sedan concept adopts Mazda's latest Kodo design language in a conventional three-box shape that could provide a preview of what to expect from the next 6. The show car packs the company's SkyActiv-D diesel engine (a 2.2-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder with a lowered compression ratio for a 20% improvement in efficiency over a conventional oil-burner) with stop-start engine management and regenerative braking – a new feature for Mazda.

The Takeri show car will be officially unveiled (along with the CX-5 and Shinari concept that make their Japanese debuts) when the doors open at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center on November 30. In the meantime you can check out the images in our high-res gallery and read the full press release after the jump.
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MAZDA TAKERI CONCEPT SALOON TO PREMIERE AT TOKYO SHOW

- Mazda TAKERI concept brings a new level of strength and allure to saloon styling
- Mazda promotes the 'emotion of motion' in harmony with the environment
- First appearance for Mazda's new fuel-saving regenerative braking system

Mazda Motor Corporation has confirmed that it will showcase the global premiere of the Mazda TAKERI concept car, a next-generation mid-sized saloon, at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday, 30 November.

Also on stage and making its Japanese debut will be the new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV – equipped with the full array of Mazda's breakthrough SKYACTIV Technology[1]. Other new technologies and a full line-up of production models will also be on show.

Mazda's theme for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is "Environmental Technology, Pushing the Boundaries of the Emotion of Motion. As long as there are people who love to drive, Mazda will continue to evolve the emotion of motion in harmony with environmental and safety performance."

The TAKERI concept car exploits Mazda's new design language, KODO – Soul of Motion, to bring a new level of strength and allure to mid-size saloon styling. Under its appealing exterior is benchmark SKYACTIV Technology, including Mazda's first regenerative braking system. This technology converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration, stores it in capacitors and then uses it to power the vehicle's electrical equipment – reducing load on the engine and saving fuel. Combined with the new SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, Mazda i-stop, new lightweight structure, aerodynamic and chassis technologies, regenerative braking – enables the Mazda TAKERI to achieve excellent fuel economy together with vigorous performance and a comfortable high-quality ride.

The new Mazda CX-5 is the first production vehicle to feature Mazda's new design language KODO paired with SKYACTIV Technology engines, transmission, bodyshell and chassis. With its light weight, aerodynamic form, very frugal and fun-to-drive diesel and petrol engines, plus Mazda i-stop and fuel-saving transmissions; the all-new five-door CX-5 delivers predictable and responsive handling and a smooth ride matched to outstanding environmental and safety performance. Mazda CX-5 is scheduled to go on sale in the UK during 2012.

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Mazda will also contribute to the 'SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011' exhibition (organised by the SMC 2011 executive committee and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association).

The 2011 Tokyo Motor Show will be held at the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre. Press Days are on 30 November and 1 December. Mazda will hold its press conference at 08.30 (local time) on the first press day. The show will be open to the public from 3-11 December 2011.


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      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      In my opinion Mazda are amongst the most innovative car companies out their and the one that stuck to its roots the most. They embraced the ICE and improved it with Skyactiv tech. And this Kodo design is the best design language I have seen for years
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pleeeease make this Mazda...and not some watered-down version: exactly this. And you will have people lining up at showrooms.
      mrbrian2334
      • 3 Years Ago
      This whole car looks very production ready. Change a few things here and there; mirrors, bumpers, a few interiors things and I'd say we're looking at the new 6. Which is definitely a good thing.
      Adam M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it! just make it RWD and I'm in!
      AlphaGnome
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know I'm in the minority here when I say that I love Mazda's current design language. But, this... is stunning! I can't wait to see how this and the Shinari concept will influence the rest of the Mazda line-up!
      inkarri
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it. Cant wait for a Kodo'd 3 or 2!
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Owning a previous gen 6 and having a current gen in the family, I would prefer the slightly smaller size of mine. Actually, both parked in the garage the newer one doesn't look that much larger, but taller for sure. Here is what I'd like to see in the new 6: No larger, but also not much smaller, just make it look smaller. Drop the ride height by at least 1.5 inches, the current one looks like an Outback jacked up like it is. New Skyactiv transmissions should fix current deficiencies. A 200 HP 2.5L Skyactiv-G engine would be perfect for power, no real need for a V6 as long as the gearing is short (I have a V6 '05, the 2.5L is worlds better than the 2.3L, in fact doesn't feel much off my 3.0L). Go back to more soft touch materials in the cabin, my '05 is way better than the '11 we have. Change the shifter back to the old one, new one is worse. And most of all, change the damping and spring rates, I felt that the '11 rides worse than my '05 while feeling less taut and less capable; no progress was made in that department.
        Kevin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Hey Matt, I agree with you on the size. Another thing people have to understand is that extra size adds weight, and unless they add more horses, adding weight is going to slow the car down as well as make it a little worse on handling. If you're at all interested in discussing this some more, please feel free to check out takericlub DOT com and register, I'd love to talk to you, if you do, try to register as 'Matt' so that I know it's you! =)
      FireFrost
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful! I've been a fan of the 6 for a long time, even almost purchased a current-gen 6 after it was released. This...this is stunning! I remember Mazda saying that there will be a diesel sedan option for their SkyActive engines and I believe this is it! Also, wagon. And diesel. Diesel wagon.
      jumpmanjay
      • 3 Years Ago
      well, hello there.
      pasigiri
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks really nice. Makes me wonder what the next RX will look like.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like the look of this car - very clean but still interesting to look at and well proportioned. I really hope they leave the outside alone when it comes time for production!
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 3 Years Ago
      That really looks nice. I hope with that with the new SkyActiv diesel sharing a lot of parts with the gasoline engine, they will be able to get the price difference low enough that it makes fiscal sense to buy.
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