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Mazda Hazumi Concept shows up ahead of Geneva

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 26th, 2014

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Mazda Hazumi Concept

Last week, Mazda officially teased its Geneva-bound Hazumi concept, showing little more than an aggressive headlamp design. But now, thanks to the magic of the Internet, another rendering of the Hazumi has appeared on the web, and, well, it’s totes adorbs.

In Mazda’s original release from last week, we were told that the name “Hazumi” means “spring up” or “bound” in Japanese, and is “particularly well-suited to a small car that appears to be bursting with energy.” And now that we’re getting a nearly full glimpse of the thing, we absolutely have to agree. The company’s Kodo design language offers aggressive style in a cute little shape, and the usual raft of concept car-spec treatments (no mirrors, huge wheels, etc.) make it look even more comical and delightful.

Indeed, the Hazumi is understood to preview the next Mazda2 subcompact, and if this concept car points the way forward for Mazda’s tiniest hatch, consider us totally geeked. Mazda is also set to debut its new 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine at the Geneva Motor Show next week, and while the company hasn’t confirmed if that powerplant will make its way into the next Mazda2, it sure makes sense, at least overseas. Stay tuned.

Mazda Hazumi Concept shows up ahead of Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid and CNG Concept shown in Japan

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 21st, 2013

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Mazda has received a tremendous amount of public and industry praise in the last few years, following up the successful introduction of its Skyactiv technology (powertrain and otherwise), with strong products like CX-5, Mazda6 and most recently, the Mazda3. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda has taken yet another step forward with Skyactiv and the 3, showing the compact (called “Axela” in Japan) with an all-new compressed natural gas engine in the Skyactiv-CNG Concept.

The end result of the Skyactiv-Hybrid is fuel consumption estimated at something like 74 miles per gallon.

Mazda thinks that CNG-powered vehicles are due for an uptick in demand, and the company believes this new powertrain will add valuable breadth to the Mazda3 range. The CNG Concept is actually a duel-fuel vehicle, capable of running on either natural gas or gasoline. In fact, we’re told that the high compression ratio (14:1) inherent in Skyactiv-technology gasoline engines makes conversion to CNG particularly simple.

Perhaps more interesting is the unveiling of Mazda’s first-ever hybrid powertrain, aptly named Skyactiv-Hybrid. The new system, which is only slated for the Japanese market at this point, connects an electric motor to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, using it to assist at low engine speeds and under low-load conditions. The electric motor is supplied by a nickel-metal hydride battery of unstated capacity.

The end result of the Skyactiv-Hybrid in the Mazda3 is fuel consumption estimated at 3.2 liters per 1,000 kilometers on the lenient Japanese cycle, or something like 74 miles per gallon, and total system output of around 134 horsepower (136 PS).

You’ll find slightly more information about the Skyativ-Hybrid and the Skyativ-CNG Concept in the press release below.

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Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid and CNG Concept shown in Japan originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda doubles down with a pair of Threes

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 6th, 2013

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Mazda Clubsport 3 Concept

Mazda Vector 3 ConceptLooking to appeal to the compact tuner crowd, Mazda brought two different flavors of its 2014 Mazda3 to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week. The Club Sport 3 Concept hatchback (above) has more of a racing vibe to it, while the Vector 3 Concept sedan (right) looks to inject a little extra fashion into the all-new Mazda3.

Hotting up the 3, Mazda stuck with the stock 2.5-liter engine on the Club Sport 3 Concept but added a limited-slip differential and six-speed manual gearbox, the latter of which was lifted from the CX-5 crossover. Other upgrades include coil-over shocks, a performance exhaust, Brembo brakes and an aero body kit – the latter of which will be offered to buyers at a later date.

While the Vector 3 Concept does get some performance bits like two-piece Brembo brake rotors and grippier tires, the focus on this sedan is all about styling. Starting with a custom paint job and ghost stripes, the whole look is tied together with 19-inch, V-spoke Rays wheels.

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Mazda doubles down with a pair of Threes originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Furai concept designer talks about his car’s passing

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 17th, 2013

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Mazda Furai burned split-screen

Last week, there was mourning at the Autoblog offices as word trickled in that the Mazda Furai concept – one of the coolest, best-looking showcars to grace an auto show stage since the wild and crazy 1960s -had been killed. It was killed on the track with the folks from Top Gear in attendance. We’re sure the gods of driving would have wanted it to die on a circuit, but that doesn’t make its fiery passing any easier to deal with.

The Furai is the rare concept car that had a lasting appeal with enthusiasts, partly because it was a real, functioning racecar, complete with a wacky three-rotor Wankel engine and cutting-edge Nagare design. Now that it’s gone, though, Road & Track’s Mallory McMorrow, who was an intern at Mazda Design when the Furai was being styled in 2007, has published an interview with one of the men who penned the Mazda showcar’s striking exterior, Carlos Salaff. It’s a great piece on the emotional connection between a designer and his creation, and one you should take the time to read. Click on over to R&T for the full story.

Mazda Furai concept designer talks about his car’s passing originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Takeri concept to debut at Tokyo Motor Show

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 26th, 2011

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Mazda Takeri concept

With the Mazda6 sedan on its last legs, the Zoom-Zoom automaker is rolling into its home exhibition at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show with the Takeri concept you see here.

The midsize sedan concept adopts Mazda’s latest Kodo design language in a conventional three-box shape that could provide a preview of what to expect from the next 6. The show car packs the company’s SkyActiv-D diesel engine (a 2.2-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder with a lowered compression ratio for a 20% improvement in efficiency over a conventional oil-burner) with stop-start engine management and regenerative braking – a new feature for Mazda.

The Takeri show car will be officially unveiled (along with the CX-5 and Shinari concept that make their Japanese debuts) when the doors open at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center on November 30. In the meantime 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 concept to debut at Tokyo Motor Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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