TAKERI Concept (Photo : Mazda)
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced Wednesday that the TAKERI Concept will make its North American debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.
TAKERI is the third concept vehicle to feature the brand's KODO ("Soul of Motion") design theme and the second to fully embrace SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.
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TAKERI is also the first Mazda concept vehicle to feature a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter 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.
"A vehicle of mid-size sedan proportions, TAKERI is outfitted with the swooping hood and crisp lines which have become synonymous with KODO design," shared Irvine, Calif.-based MNAO.
"The eagle-eyed five-point grille stretches out into twisty yet sleek steel strokes, enhancing a lean, muscular build that sits on 20-inch satin-chrome wheels," added the company.
Among the most notable features is TAKERI's i-stop idling stop system, which restarts in a single engine cycle unlike other stop-start systems, which require two cycles. At less than 0.4 seconds, i-stop achieves the world's fastest diesel engine restart time.
Another feature is TAKERI's i-ELOOP, the world's first capacitor-based regenerative braking system. i-ELOOP efficiently converts kinetic energy into electricity during deceleration, which is stored in capacitors and then used to power the vehicle's electric equipment
"[i-ELOOP] ... reduc[es] engine load and improv[es] fuel economy by as much as 10 percent," claims MNAO.
The New York International Auto Show, which will be held April 6-15 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, is one of the most important automotive events in the world. The show offers virtually every make and model vehicle sold in the U.S. under one roof giving consumers the unique opportunity to see everything the auto industry has to offer.
The official opening day for the show is Saturday, April 7. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. with the show floor opening at 10 a.m.
More information on the TAKERI Concept as well as Mazda's global business plans will be announced during a press conference on Wednesday, April 4.