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Takeri, Skyactiv Tech Take Center Stage For Mazda At Geneva

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Mazda Takeri Concept

Mazda Takeri Concept

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We may already be familiar with the Mazda Takeri concept car, but it's set to spearhead Mazda's assault on the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.

That assault includes showcasing Mazda's i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology, and its SKYACTIV range of gasoline and diesel engines, all of which are aimed at using energy more efficiently.

The Takeri concept looks near-identical to the Tokyo exhibit, but it still gives us a good idea of what the next generation of Mazda 6 sedan might look like. The production car is expected to share the Takeri's "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language, also seen on the 35 mpg CX-5 crossover.

Under the hood sits a SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, with an i-stop stop and start system, and a six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission.

i-ELOOP also features, Mazda's regenerative braking system that uses a double-layer capacitor, rather than a battery, to store energy. This reduces weight and cost, while offering all the usual benefits of braking regeneration, supplying power to accessories without increasing alternator load - and therefore fuel consumption.

While the Takeri-inspired Mazda 6 should make it to the U.S, Mazda still seems undecided on whether the SKYACTIV diesels will also reach our shores. Given the impressive efficiency of the SKYACTIV-G gasoline models as seen in the CX-5 crossover, the diesel may not even be required.

Press days for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show kick off on March 6, and we'll be there to bring you all the latest news. Keep up with our Geneva reports on our dedicated show page.

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  1. Nice car! Very nice. But what is a double layer capacitor and how does it compare to a mild hybrid?
     
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  2. Hi Charles, thanks for your questions - a double-layer capacitor is essentially a capacitor that stores energy very densely, so it's able to store large amounts. It's very similar to a mild hybrid, but without the weight and complexity of batteries. The energy is used for all the car's accessories, and to power the stop/start system, so there's no drain on the car's normal battery, or the alternator. There's much more info on the system via the link in the 5th paragraph.
     
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  3. Capacitors can store energy very quickly, but not large amounts; energy density is low. So I guess if you say "it's able to store large amounts"you mean large mounts for a capacitor.
     
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  4. The same goes for saying the capacitors are less expensive than batteries. That is not true. Yes, if you have a small capacitor and compare it to a large battery, it is true. But KWH for KWH, batteries are less expensive.

    But capacitors should have excellent life and reliability which is great.
     
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  5. Mazda's double-layer capacitors apparently *can* store relatively large amounts of energy, though since capacitors can charge and discharge quickly I expect there'll always be enough power on tap to feed whichever accessories are required.
     
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  6. Even with the impressive fuel mileage the Skyactiv-G provides, you are still looking at low to mid 30s on the highway, which is the same mileage as all the other four-cylinder midsize sedans. And all the competitors' engines deliver more power and torque for the same mileage.

    Diesel provides a unique selling point, better sporty performance than the G, and an attainable fuel mileage of near 45 mpgd. That's too tempting to pass up.
     
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