Mazda Showcases Dynamic Design Concepts At The Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda SENKU

 

The pursuit of dreams and confident self-expression are becoming more widespread among experienced drivers. Mazda SENKU, ‘a 4-seater rotary sports car for adults’, currently on display at Tokyo Motor Show (from 18 October - 6 November 2005), offers a radical new departure in satisfying these desires. Its overarching design concept is ‘sharpness and mellowness’, and these contradictory factors are cleverly integrated to create a next-generation design standard.

Mazda SENKU's key design features include an ultra-long wheelbase, minimal overhangs, a unique 'floating' appearance supported by large tyres, a smoothly dignified shape, and large 'flying wing' electric-powered sliding doors. These design elements come together in a revolutionary coupe format that is both dynamic and supremely elegant. In the cabin, personal space is designed to give priority to the people seated in the front seats, while the interior trim is finished in supple, high-quality leather.

Located between the front and rear axles is the next-generation 13B-DI direct injection gasoline rotary engine with a hybrid unit. This direct injection RE hybrid achieves high power output and lower fuel consumption. Mazda SENKU also boasts perfect 50:50 front/rear weight distribution and a low centre of gravity - a well-known characteristic of Mazda sports cars, which provides fun and dynamic driving.

The name ‘Senku’ is a Japanese term meaning ‘pioneer’, depicting Mazda’s spirit of pursuing unique and exciting ventures - such as the rotary engine.

Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid Concept

The power unit for the Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept incorporates a hydrogen rotary engine, offering dual-fuel driving with hydrogen and gasoline, in tandem with an electric motor.

The hydrogen rotary engine and the hybrid unit are transversely mounted at the front of the car in a FF layout, with the high-voltage battery located beneath the second-row seats and the high-pressure hydrogen tank beside the third row seat. This efficient packaging allows the Hydrogen RE-based hybrid system to achieve outstanding environmental and driving performance as well as a comfortable, roomy interior that still seats up to seven people.

Mazda MX-Crossport

The Mazda MX-Crossport is an entirely new breed of vehicle that combines the merits of a sports car with those of an SUV. Pushing the envelope of Mazda design DNA, it moves the Zoom-Zoom spirit in a fresh direction thanks to the Advanced Frontier design concept that takes Mazda MX-Crossport beyond the boundaries of conventional SUVs and crossovers, and into the realm of sports cars.

Aggressively athletic styling is bold, strong, distinctive and instantly recognisable as Mazda, while, on the inside, four bucket seats and a sporty interior design enhance driving pleasure. A wide variety of driving support functions with advanced technology are also featured.

The Mazda MX-Crossport indicates a direction that Mazda’s future products could take. It further expands Mazda's line-up of new generation products with production already confirmed for the North American market for 2006.

Published 23 October 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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