Mazda Takeri concept

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.

Mazda debuts at 2011 Toyko Motor Show

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.