Mazda Kiyora
Overview
ManufacturerMazda
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style2-door coupé/ mid-sized hatchback
DoorsButterfly
Powertrain
EngineMazda SKY-G 1.3L + i-stop
TransmissionNext generation 6-speed AT: Mazda SKY-G Drive
Dimensions
Length3,770 mm (12 ft 4 in)
Height1,350 mm (4 ft 5 in)
Rear view
Rear view with door open

The Mazda Kiyora is a concept car made by Mazda. It was first introduced at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It is the next generation urban compact car intended to replace the Mazda2.[1] It is a design study for next-generation compact car and also an engineering study of high fuel efficiency gasoline engine. The design theme of the Mazda Kiyora is water. It is applied to a city, a new trend in the automotive market due to environmental concerns. The Mazda Kiyora achieves 32 km/L of fuel efficiency and 90g/km of CO2 emission.

Styling

Design

The Kiyora, meaning “clean and pure”, is designed for young city drivers. The design of the Mazda Kiyora is a collaborative work between Mazda Europe and Mazda Japan.

Exterior

The Mazda Kiyora has two butterfly doors and a tailgate. It has four seats and the rear two seats can be folded. The body frame is streamlined like Mazda's former concept car the Nagare series. The roof and two side doors are made with transparent material so you can see the monocoque & frame structure from the outside. It is designed not only to look like water stream, but also to increase the safety while decreasing the weight.[2]

Interior

The dashboard inside the car uses a touch screen technology. The driver can move and organize the icons including all the meters and audio system on the display.
One notable feature of Mazda Kiyora is its roof. The roof is designed to collect rain water and purify it through an installed filter. The water is saved in a bottle installed in the car so that passengers can drink it.[3]

Technology

Engine

The Mazda Kiyora uses a 1.3-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder direct-injection engine. The engine employs Mazda's unique idle reduction technology called “i-stop” and a more efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda's “i-stop” system saves fuel in stop and go urban traffic by shutting down the engine automatically when the vehicle is stationary and restarting quickly and quietly. The Mazda Kiyora also uses deceleration energy to charge the battery.[4]

Body and Fuel Efficiency

To minimize its weight, the body frame is all carbon fiber. Mazda also uses lightweight materials for interiors. These new materials make the Mazda Kiyora 100 kg lighter than the current Mazda2. These technologies enable the Mazda Kiyora to perform 32 km/L of mileage. It will have the highest fuel efficiency of gasoline engine cars when it goes into production. The Mazda Kiyora also produces less than 90g/km of CO2 emission.

References

  1. ^ "2008 PARIS AUTO SHOW". Automotive News Europe: 8. Sep 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Mike Meredith (Oct 2, 2008). "Mazda Takes a Cool Look at the Future". MSN Autos. Archived from Mazda Takes a Cool Look at the Future the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-24. ((cite web)): Check |url= value (help)
  3. ^ Jesus Daiz (Oct 8, 2008). "Mazda Kiyora Recycles Rain Water for Drinking". GIZMODE. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  4. ^ "Idling stop technology". Mazda USA Official Website. Archived from the original on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2010-02-02.