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Mazda previews driver-focused Tokyo Auto Salon showcars

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 22nd, 2011

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Customzied Mazda CX-5 at the Tokyo Auto Salon

While the Tokyo Motor Show is a stage for the world’s manufacturers to strut their production models, the Tokyo Auto Salon allows designers and engineers to stretch their legs with custom hardware. This year, Mazda is bringing 10 special models to the Tokyo Auto Salon, including a custom version of the recently-released CX-5.

The custom CX-5 wears special paint, a lowered ride height and unique wheels for a significantly sportier appearance. Likewise, the company’s Demio also receives a little attention, and visitors to the show can expect to see the Demio 13 Skyactiv Smart Stylish bow alongside the CX-5. The pint-sized hatch makes use of a few aero treatments including a front underspoiler, side skirts and rear underskirt.

The new Axela Skyactiv will also be on display, complete with a body kit of its own, along with a sharp-looking set of wheels. Visitors can take a closer look at a pair of custom Roadster models as well, including the Black Tuned version and a racing-spec version called the Jimba-Ittai, or Rider and Horse as one. We like the sound of that. Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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Mazda previews driver-focused Tokyo Auto Salon showcars originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda planning EV for U.S. market by 2018

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 15th, 2011

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We don’t have a clue what 2018 has in store for us, but automakers’ product plans extend well into the future, giving us a glimpse of what may or may not come. Automotive News reports that Mazda is planning to offer an electric vehicle in the United States by 2018, in part to satisfy California’s zero-emissions vehicle requirements.

Mazda engineer Mitsuru Fujinaka reportedly told AN that the regulations make a U.S.-bound EV a near certainty, adding, “otherwise, we can’t sell in California.” And since California has the highest population of any state in the Union, we’re thinking Mazda doesn’t want to lose such a huge market. Of course, 2018 is more of a deadline than a target, so it’s possible that Mazda could offer an EV in the U.S. before then.

The U.S.-bound Mazda EV may be a long way away, but that doesn’t mean the automaker doesn’t already have electrification plans underway in its home country. In the spring, Mazda will begin leasing an all-electric version of the Demio (the Mazda2 in the U.S.), which offers a range of 124 miles and a top speed of 87 miles per hour. The Demio will be a lease-only affair with a planned monthly take rate in the three-digit territory. The Demio EV can fast charge in 30 minutes, and a full charge takes about eight hours.

Mazda planning EV for U.S. market by 2018 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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