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Mazda has just released renderings of its latest concept car that will be hitting the stage next month in Paris. Dubbed the Kiyora - which reportedly means "clean and pure" in Japanese - the new concept continues with the design theme seen on other Mazda concepts over the past two years. Based on the press release, the city car should be fairly compact with power coming from a new generation direct injected four cylinder engine. Continuing another recent Mazda theme from the 2 and 6, the Kiyora uses a new lightweight platform that still has the strength required for safety and performance.

Mazda will also be showing the 2 and 6 with new 1.6L and 2.2L diesel engines and an MX-5 Roadster with a new face that picks up the chiseled, flowing look of its stablemates. The press release is after the jump.


[Source: Mazda]

PRESS RELEASE:

Mazda Kiyora Concept to Make its Global Debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show

Mazda MX-5 facelift
Mazda6 with an all-new MZR-CD 2.2 turbo diesel engine
Mazda2 with MZ-CD 1.6 turbo diesel engine

Hiroshima, Japan, 4th September 2008. Mazda Kiyora, a lightweight, next generation, urban compact concept car, will be revealed at the 2008 Paris International Motor Show to be held from Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 19, 2008.

Mazda Kiyora (meaning 'clean and pure' in Japanese) represents the harmony between driving pleasure and environmental and safety features aspired to in Mazda's long-term technology development vision, "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom."

The concept of "Kiyora" helped the designers to imagine a city car cutting cleanly through an urban landscape, with water as the design theme. Equipped with Mazda's next generation 4 cylinder direct injection engine and featuring the company's unique Smart Idle Stop System, the car achieves excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. The improved aerodynamic performance of Nagare design also contributes to this. The new Mazda concept car is based on an all-new platform designed to maximize weight reduction and a high level of safety, in pursuit of enhanced driving pleasure. It also features an interior design and new functions that support a youthful lifestyle.

Joining the Mazda Kiyora concept car on Mazda's stand at the Paris show, the Mazda MX-5 facelift will make its world debut, together with the Mazda6 equipped with Mazda's newly developed MZR-CD 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine, and the Mazda2 powered by a MZ-CD 1.6-liter diesel.

Officially titled the Mondial de l'Automobile, the Paris motor show press days are October 2 and 3, and the public days are October 4 to 19. Mazda will hold its press conference on Thursday, October 2, at 12:15 p.m. (local time).

Reference exhibits
Concept car
Mazda Kiyora (World Premiere)
Scheduled for sale
Mazda MX-5 facelift (World Premiere) European Specification
Mazda6 MZR-CD 2.2 (World Premiere) European Specification
Mazda2 MZ-CD 1.6 (World Premiere) European Specification
Models currently on the market
Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda5, Mazda6, Mazda CX-7,
Mazda BT-50 pickup
2008 Paris International Motor Show vehicle exhibits


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