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Mazda Takeri Concept Walkthrough: 2012 New York Auto Show

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While it's already been shown at three other auto shows around the world, the Mazda Takeri Concept finally made its North American debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Looking as stunning as ever, the four-door concept features Mazda's new KODO "Soul Of Motion" design language, and previews the next-generation Mazda6 mid-size sedan.

Up front the Takeri sports the new corporate face of Mazda, with a five-point grille and bladed front end design. Flared front fenders and large 20-inch alloy wheels give the Takeri an aggressive stance and lean proportions. In the rear, the trunk lid runs into the taillights--a design cue intended to give the Takeri more visual width.

The interior of the Takeri Concept features sculpted white seats and metallic accents. A three-spoke steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and paddle shifters all hint at Mazda's sporting intentions with the car.

Under the hood the Takeri Concept features a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter turbo clean diesel engine which is connected to a lightweight six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda's i-stop start-stop system and i-eloop capacitor-based brake regeneration system both help increase fuel economy.

This concept gives us a glimmer of hope that the next-generation Mazda6 will not only be stunning to look at, but will also feature a diesel engine, and if we are lucky a six-speed manual.

For more information on the Mazda Takeri Concept be sure to watch the video and also read our full preview. You can also learn more about Mazda's KODO design language by checking out our interview with Mazda's North American Design Director, Derek Jenkins.

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