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Mazda Takeri concept (Tokyo Motor Show preview photos)

The Mazda Takeri takes the Kodo design cues developed for the CX-5 small crossover and reshapes them for a sporty sedan.

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It's called the Mazda Takeri

At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, alongside the likes of the Japanese-spec CX-5, Demio (Mazda2), and Axela (Mazda3), Mazda will debut the Takeri concept.

The Takeri takes Mazda's new "Kodo: Soul of Motion" design language and wraps it around the proportions of a sporty sedan.

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Mazda Takeri concept: Bound for production?

It's not hard to see from the roofline and the proportions that the Takeri could one day hit the road wearing a Mazda6 badge.
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Mazda Takeri concept: Design heritage

Many elements of the current Mazda6 are visible in the Takeri concept, albeit much more highly stylized. Observe, for example, the pronounced front fenders.
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Mazda Takeri concept: It's in the details

One design element that we like is the chrome bar that joins the headlamps and wraps around the lower edge of the enlarged pentagonal grille.
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Kodo in production

The Kodo design language will reach production first in the Mazda CX-5 small crossover. Imagine this vehicle as a sedan and you'll have an idea of how Mazda plans to soften the Takeri's design for production. Even the headlight-joining chrome bar is there, however subtle.
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Mazda Takeri concept: Sustainable Zoom-Zoom

Mazda wants to have its performance cake and eat it efficiently, too. So the Takeri features what the automaker is calling "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom."
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Mazda Takeri concept: SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine

Under the hood is the SkyActiv-D diesel engine. If I had to guess, I'd say it's the high-power variant from the CX-5 crossover that twists the flywheel to the tune of 175 horsepower and 309 pound-feet.
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Mazda Takeri concept: Capacitor-based braking regeneration

In addition to the SkyActiv engine and chassis tech, the Takeri will also feature Mazda's first braking regeneration system, which stores recaptured energy in a capacitor that, in turn, powers the auxiliary electrical systems.
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Mazda Takeri concept: Driver-oriented dash

Inside, the Takeri has a simple, driver-oriented dashboard.
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Mazda Takeri concept: No room for a fifth wheel

The Takeri's cabin features four bucket seats (probably made out of something recycled or reclaimed in the spirit of Sustainable Zoom-Zoom), so you can forget about fitting in a fifth passenger.

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