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Mazda Reveals First Mazda6 Teaser

Is this Mazda’s make-it-or-break-it car?

by on Jul.11, 2012

Mazda does a slow striptease with its critical new, 2014 Mazda6 sedan.

Every so often, a carmaker’s future comes to depend upon the success – or failure – of a single product.  The original, 1986 Ford Taurus is one of the best examples.  Could the next-generation Mazda6 fall into that group?  Here’s a first teaser image of the new sedan.

While the Japanese maker does have a number of other important offerings none feeds a more important segment of the market.  And no product will mark a more critical transition for Mazda, which has abandoned its long-running joint venture with Ford in Flat Rock, Michigan, moving production of the next Mazda6 back to Japan.

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The third product to share the maker’s new SkyActiv technology, the 2014 Mazda6 will also face the challenge of coming to market right after the launch of updated entries from key competitors – starting with the 2012 Toyota Camry remake and running through 2013 with the new Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu and, from former ally Ford, an all-new Fusion.

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Mazda SkyActiv Diesel Making First US Appearance

Takeri concept may reappear as next-gen Mazda6.

by on Apr.03, 2012

The next Mazda6? The Takeri concept will reappear in NY - and will notably feature the new SkyActiv-D diesel.

Technically, the Mazda concept vehicle that will be unveiled in New York, this week, is staging its North American, rather than global debut.  Known as the Takerei, it was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, last autumn.  But Mazda had little to say about the prototype back then, except to note the name – in Japanese – means “male.”

The maker is revealing a bit more as it prepares for the NYIAS unveiling – although it’s still keeping a few secrets.  Most significantly, it describes Takerei as “a vehicle of mid-size sedan proportions.” And considering that Mazda is preparing to update its aging Mazda6 model, it seems reasonably likely that the concept will soon reappear in production trim – or at least heavily influence the upcoming Mazda6 replacement.

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Meanwhile, the other significant detail is that the Takerei concept is powered by Mazda’s new SkyActiv-D diesel powertrain.

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A Battery Car Without the Battery?

Takeri concept pushes design, technology envelopes with show car hinting at next Mazda6.

by on Dec.01, 2011

Mazda's Takeri concept with CEO Takashi Yamanouchi.

A battery car without the battery?

Electric propulsion is the hot technology in the auto industry these days and might have a serious chance of transforming the cars we drive were it not for a serious problem: the high cost and other limitations of even the most advanced batteries.  But with the Tokyo Motor Show introduction of the Takeri concept vehicle Mazda suggests it may have an even more high-tech solution that provides many of the advantages of battery cars without the batteries.

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The Mazda Takeri itself is the latest effort by the Japanese automaker to stretch the design limits using its new Kodo design language.  But one of the more interesting features is hidden under the skin. That’s the i-ELOOP system that is part of Mazda’s first in-house mild hybrid system.

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