Mazda TAKERI concept first images; official debut at Tokyo Motor Show image

Mazda will showcase the global premiere of the Mazda TAKERI concept car at next months’ Tokyo Motorshow.

The Japanese carmaker will highlight its first regenerative braking system as part of the world premiere of the Mazda TAKERI, which is also equipped with a SKYACTIV-D diesel engine and an I-stop idling stop system. The Japanese company claims that with all the technologies combined, the TAKERI will deliver excellent fuel economy.

The concept car exploits Mazda’s new design language, KODO – Soul of Motion, to bring a new level of strength and allure to mid-size saloon styling. The nose bears a slight resemblance to recent Mercedes concept and production models, but that aside, it’s a distinctive design that has the potential to shake up the fleet market.

Mazda has also redeveloped its unique idling stop system, i-stop, for use with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine. Unlike other diesel engine stop-start systems that require two engine cycles to restart combustion, i-stop restarts in a single cycle by careful positioning of the pistons as the engine stops.

At less than 0.4 seconds, i-stop achieves the world’s fastest diesel engine restart time.

There’s no further details on the TAKERI at this stage but stay tuned – we’ll be taking a closer look when doors open at the 2011 Tokyo Show.