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Mazda Takeri concept wows Tokyo Big Sight

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 30th, 2011

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Mazda has just taken the wraps off of its new concept sedan, the Takeri, at its display stand here at the Tokyo Big Sight expo hall (honest, that’s what it’s called). The C/D-sized concept sedan furthers Mazda’s Kodo ‘Soul of Motion’ design language while hinting at the next Mazda6.

Predictably, the Takeri (derived from the Japanese word for “Male”) is equipped with a full slate of Skyactiv features, including Mazda’s new Skyactiv-D clean diesel – a version of which we recently fell in love with in the CX-5 crossover – and a new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

In person, The Takeri offers a very attractive shape, with traditional Mazda cues including a prominent hexagonal grille (we particularly like the subtle matte metal element that links the grille to the headlamps) and short overhangs. More importantly, the showcar appears to be a production-friendly shape if you discount items like the showcar mirrors, slightly oversized 20-inch wheels and raise the roofline by an inch or two. Given the Mazda6’s slow sales pace, a successor can’t get here soon enough.

For more details, check out our high-res image gallery or click on the jump to read the official press release.

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Mazda Takeri concept wows Tokyo Big Sight originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda to Exhibit Biante GRANZ Minivan at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 29th, 2011


Mazda Launches Premacy ’20S Prestige Style’ Special Edition in Japan

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 29th, 2011


Mazda reveals i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 29th, 2011

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Mazda i-ELOOP

Batteries aren’t the only technology mankind has invented to store electricity, and Mazda is working on a solution to the energy storage needs of electrified vehicles with a new system it’s calling i-ELOOP. While we wish it didn’t have such a cumbersome moniker, the technology behind i-ELOOP is intriguing.

Mazda claims that its i-ELOOP system will be featured in the first production passenger vehicle with recaptured energy from regenerative braking stored in a capacitor. The rest of the bits and pieces behind the tech include a variable voltage alternator and a DC/DC converter that sends energy otherwise lost to heat in the brakes at up to 25 volts to the Electric Double Layer Capacitor, where it’s stored for later use.

There’s no electric motor in the i-ELOOP drivetrain, so the capacitor releases its energy to recharge the car’s battery and to help power electric components like the heating and air conditioning systems. All in, Mazda promises fuel savings of up to 10 percent over cars not equipped with regenerative braking. Read all about it in the press release after the break.

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Mazda reveals i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Production and Sales Results for October 2011 (Flash Report)

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 28th, 2011


Mazda Releases Special Edition Verisa CLASSY STYLE in Japan

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 28th, 2011


Special Edition Mazda Demio ’13-SKYACTIV Smart Stylish’ on Sale in Japan

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 28th, 2011


Mazda Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Sollers to Establish Joint Venture Production Facility in Russia

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 26th, 2011


Sharp-dressed man goes on vehicle-damaging rampage at CA Mazda dealer

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 25th, 2011

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Mazda dealer rampage

Have you ever gotten so mad that you wanted to break something? For the vast majority of us, the urge passes without any property damage, but the same can’t be said of Edward Roth. Fox 5 San Diego reports that the 22-year-old did his best Michael Douglas impression from the movie “Falling Down.” The victim? Hines Mazda of Mission Valley, and Roth even managed to do the deed in a snazzy dress clothes. Surprisingly, the vandalism appears to be totally random – dealer officials say Roth has never done business with them.

Beyond the jump is some truly bizarre surveillance video. The footage shows an angry Roth after what appears to be an upsetting phone call beating on a Mazda CX-7. Roth then reportedly threw a bench through the dealership window, then took a pole of some sort to at least a dozen Mazdas along with one customer car for good measure. The Hines Mazda incident went on for about 25 minutes before police put a stop to the madness.

Click on the link below to watch Hines Mazda get thrashed. All told, initial cost estimate for the rampage come out to around $50,000 (we’re surprised it’s not more) plus one discharged police Taser.

Sharp-dressed man goes on vehicle-damaging rampage at CA Mazda dealer originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda ‘i-ELOOP’ World’s First Capacitor-Based Regenerative Braking System for Passenger Vehicles

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 25th, 2011


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