Tokyo Motor Show preview: Mazda Takeri

October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Mazda’s previewing the next-generation 6 saloon with a concept called Takeri, to be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show (end of November). Takeri’s a mid-sized four-door featuring Mazda’s SkyActiv tech – lightweight structure, aerodynamic optimisation, new diesel engine, stop start – plus Mazda’s first regenerative braking system, which stores decelerative energy in supercapacitors and reuses it to power the car’s electrical equipment. It’s a taste of Mazda’s next-generation styling, dubbed ‘Kodo’, too.

  • In other news today: Honda’s going to launch the Fit (Jazz) EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show mid-November. It’ll do 100 miles and 90mph; no word on Euro sales as yet.
  • Battery-developer and manufacturer Axeon has signed a collaboration/supply deal with fellow lithium-ion specialists A123 Systems. A123 gives the nanophosphate tech, British firm Axeon the systems integration, design engineering and testing; the partnership is “already engaged with a major UK customer”, according to a statement today, “and additional projects are also on the horizon.”

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