YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Mazda Motor Corp. has unveiled a sculpted, mid-sized sedan concept that strongly foreshadows the next-generation Mazda6 and has a regenerative braking system that helps save fuel by powering the car's electrical system.
The Takeri concept, to be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in late November and December, employs the brand's new kodo design language that debuts in the CX-5 small crossover.
The car strongly hints at the upcoming redesign of the Mazda6, said Hidetoshi Kudo, general manager for product strategy. The concept brims with Mazda's new Skyactiv fuel-saving technologies, including the Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine, the new six-speed automatic transmission, a new body and chassis framework and an engine stop-start system.
But Takeri takes Skyactiv a step further as the first Mazda with regenerative braking. The system converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration and stores it in capacitors for use later in powering air conditioning, audio systems, lighting and other equipment.
The technology saves fuel because it relieves the engine of having to generate electricity -- enabling it to more efficiently apply power to moving the car. Mazda says capacitors are more efficient than batteries because they can charge more quickly and have a longer life span.