The SkyActiv plan is moving along as expected. To wit: the next little glimmer of drivetrain electrification that we will see when Mazda debuts its next-generation mid-size Takeri concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in late November. The car's Kodo design language could be a preview of the next-gen Mazda6, but it's what's under the new sheetmetal that is more interesting.

The Takeri showcases the Japanese automaker's SkyActiv-D clean diesel technology and features i-Stop, Mazda's award-winning stop-start system. In addition, Takeri sports Mazda's next-gen regenerative braking system, which converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration. The system works by storing captured energy in capacitors and then using it to power the vehicle's electric equipment. Mazda claims this system reduces engine load, thereby decreasing fuel consumption. Mazda has been clear that i-Stop doesn't do the car any favors on the EPA test in the U.S., and we'll likely have to wait until 2016 to see the technology here.

The Takeri's regenerative braking system is Step Two of Mazda's Building Block Strategy – Step One is i-Stop and Step Three is electric-drive technology. The Takeri concept will hit the stage on November 30. For now, 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 to Bow at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show
- Mazda's next-generation midsize sedan concept to debut alongside new Mazda CX-5 SUV with full array of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY -

HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the global premiere of the Mazda TAKERI next-generation midsize sedan concept car at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. Mazda will also hold the Japan debut of the new CX-5 crossover SUV equipped with the full array of Mazda's breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY*1 as well as other new technologies and production models.

The 2011 Tokyo Motor Show will run from December 3 through 11, 2011, at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center). The press days will be November 30 and December 1. Mazda will hold its press conference at 8:30 a.m. (JST) on November 30.

Mazda's theme for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is "Environmental Technology, Pushing the Boundaries of the Emotion of Motion." Mazda has previously announced its plan to thoroughly enhance environmental and dynamic performance under the Sustainable Zoom-Zoom long-term vision for technology development. The results of this plan began to appear on the market earlier in 2011. The Mazda Demio (known overseas as the Mazda2) launched in Japan in June, and the Mazda Axela (Mazda3) began its rollout to global markets in September.*2

The Mazda TAKERI exploits Mazda's new design language, 'KODO - Soul of Motion,' to bring a new level of strength and allure to sedan styling. The TAKERI features the full array of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, including the efficient and powerful new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, to deliver vigorous performance and a comfortable ride desired in a sedan. The combination of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and electric devices – such as Mazda's idling stop system, i-stop, and a new regenerative braking system – enable the Mazda TAKERI to achieve excellent fuel economy.

*1 SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine, SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission, SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, SKYACTIV-BODY and SKYACTIV-CHASSIS.
*2 The Demio is available with SKYACTIV-G, the Axela is available with SKYACTIV-G and SKYACTIV-DRIVE.

The Mazda CX-5 is the first of Mazda's next generation products that will feature the complete range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, including powertrain, body and chassis. Thanks to KODO design, the CX-5 expresses a strong sense of vitality and agility unlike other SUVs. As Mazda's first model equipped with the new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, the Mazda CX-5 also offers a predictable and refined driving experience coupled with outstanding environmental and safety performance.

List of exhibits

Reference exhibits Mazda TAKERI concept Global premiere
Mazda CX-5 (Japan specifications) Japan premiere
Mazda SHINARI concept Japan premiere
Market models Mazda Demio, Mazda Verisa, Mazda Axela/Axela Sport, Mazda Premacy, Mazda Biante, Mazda Roadster and others (17 vehicles)
Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-D, SKYACTIV-G (2.0L and 1.3L), SKYACTIV-DRIVE, regenerative braking system
  • - In addition to the above, Mazda will also contribute to the SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011 exhibition (organized by the SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011 executive committee and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association).

Summary of major exhibits


Based on Mazda's new design language, 'KODO - Soul of Motion', the Mazda TAKERI is designed to express "an intuitive sedan identity" and "an overwhelming emotional beauty" as the latest platform for Mazda's breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. TAKERI provides a supremely comfortable ride feel, thanks to the satisfying power of SKYACTIV-D and new lightweight and aerodynamic technologies. It also features the i-stop idling stop system and Mazda's first regenerative braking system. The regenerative braking system efficiently converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration, stores it in capacitors and then uses it to power the vehicle's electric equipment, thereby reducing load on the engine and saving fuel. Thanks to these electric devices, the Mazda TAKERI achieves excellent fuel economy.

The regenerative braking system represents Step Two of Mazda's Building Block Strategy. After renewing existing technologies, such as engines and bodies, Step One of the Building Block Strategy is idling stop technology (i-stop), Step Two is regenerative braking technology, and Step Three is electric drive technology (hybrid, etc.).

Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 is the first of a new generation of Mazda vehicles that will adopt the full range of Mazda's breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, including all-new gasoline and diesel engines, transmission, body and chassis. It is also the first production model to feature Mazda's new design theme, 'KODO - Soul of Motion', expressing SUV-like functionality and practicality along with a strong sense of vitality and agility. The CX-5 delivers predictable and responsive handling for a high-quality and responsive ride matched with outstanding environmental and safety performance.

The CX-5 is Mazda's first model to be available with the new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine. Customers can also select the highly-efficient direct injection SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine. Equipped with the new SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission and i-stop idling stop system, SKYACTIV-D FWD models achieve fuel economy of 18.6km/L and SKYACTIV-G FWD models achieve 16.0km/L (JC08 mode test cycle, Mazda in-house measurement).

Mazda CX-5 data (Japan specifications)
Exterior dimensions
(length x width x height)
4,540mm x 1,840mm x 1,705mm
Wheelbase 2,700mm
Displacement 1,997cc 2,184cc
Max. torque 196Nm/4,000rpm 420Nm/2,000rpm
Max. power 114kW/6,000rpm 129kW/4,500rpm
Weight 1,440kg 1,510kg
Fuel economy
(JC08 mode [10-15 mode])
16.0km/L [17.6km/L] 18.6km/L [20.0km/L]
Transmission SKYACTIV-DRIVE (six-speed automatic)
Steering Electric power steering (column type)
Suspension (front/rear) MacPherson strut/multi-link
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated discs/discs
Tires 225/65R17
  • - Figures are of the FWD model; Mazda in-house measurements. AWD model will also be available.

Mazda Demio

The compact Demio is Mazda's first model to features SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, with the SKYACTIV-G 1.3 engine. It delivers best-in-class*3 fuel economy of 25.0km/L (JC08 mode)/30.0km/L (10-15 mode), a sporty and high-quality design, outstanding handling and high-speed stability, and a comfortable ride feel.

Mazda Axela

The Axela features Mazda's newly-developed SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine and six-speed automatic SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission which provides a direct shift feel. It delivers a smooth and exhilarating ride with best in the 2.0-liter class*4 fuel economy of 17.6km/L (JC08 mode)/20.0km/L (10-15 mode)*5.

*3 Mazda Demio SKYACTIV-1.3 model grade
*4 Gasoline engine vehicles, excluding hybrids (Mazda data)
*5 Axela sedan achieves 17.6km/L, Axela Sport achieves 17.2 km/L. Models with 15-inch wheels

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