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Japan:Mazda Senku,All New Mazda MPV, and others to be exhibited at Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda Senku and All New Mazda MPV to be exhibited at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show

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Mazda Motor Corp. has issued the following press release:

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it will showcase the world premiere of the Mazda SENKU concept vehicle, as well as the Japan debut of the Mazda MX-Crossport concept, at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show, to be held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba prefecture, from Wednesday, October 19 through Sunday, November 6, 2005.

Joining them on the Mazda stand will be the all-new Mazda MPV, soon to be launched in Japan. Also exhibited at the Tokyo show will be the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept vehicle - offering both Zoom-Zoom driving pleasure and outstanding eco-friendliness - and the next-generation MZR 2.3 DISI Turbo and Advanced Driver-Support Technologies.

Mazda will hold a press briefing at the Mazda stand in the West Hall, Makuhari Messe from 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19.

Mazda will display a wide variety of vehicles and technologies that demonstrate its product-led growth to visitors, highlighting the progress of Mazda Momentum, its mid-term corporate management plan that was launched in November 2004.

Mazda SENKU, ‘a four-seater rotary sports car for adults’, is a concept car that reflects a new direction for 4-seater rotary sports cars designed with mature drivers in mind.

The concept clearly demonstrates how Mazda continues to offer new and unique Zoom-Zoom driving qualities in the face of increasing environmental and safety requirements and diversifying customer demands posed by societal changes.

Mazda MX-Crossport—an entirely new breed of vehicle that combines the merits of a sports car and an SUV—was first introduced to the public in January at the 2005 North America International Auto Show in Detroit. The Tokyo Motor Show marks its debut in Japan. The Mazda MX-Crossport indicates a direction that Mazda’s future products could take as it further expands its lineup of new generation products.

The all-new Mazda MPV, planned to be launched first in Japan as part of its global rollout, is a further evolution of the original MPV’s user-friendly packaging. It reflects Mazda DNA within a relaxing interior, refined and stylish design, and outstanding driving pleasure that far surpasses that of a conventional minivan.

The Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE (rotary engine) Hybrid concept features a hybrid power unit that combines a dual-fuel, hydrogen/gasoline rotary engine with an electric motor. The power unit is transversely mounted at the front in a front-wheel drive layout. The development team aimed to produce a vehicle with outstanding driving and environmental performance along with a comfortable, roomy interior.

Other exhibits include a Mazda RX-8 equipped with the hydrogen RE engine that is viable for practical uses, with plans for commercial leasing in the future. Also on exhibit will be the next-generation MZR 2.3 DISI Turbo engine with direct injection that achieves clean, powerful performance; the Smart Idling Stop System which eliminates the need for an electric starter motor, and delivers quiet and quick starting; and Advanced Driver-Support Technologies that incorporates intelligent transport systems. Mazda is developing unique technologies to create vehicles that combine care for the environment while still retaining the Zoom-Zoom spirit. Test rides in the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE are available at the Clean Energy Vehicle Test Ride event site.

Mazda will exhibit a total of 22 vehicles (18 vehicles on October 19th press day.)

Main exhibits
1. Reference exhibits
Mazda SENKU
The pursuit of dreams and confident self-expression are becoming more widespread among mature drivers. Mazda SENKU, ‘a 4-seater rotary sports car for adults’, 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. The features include an ultra long wheelbase, minimal overhangs, a unique “floating” appearance supported by large tires, a smoothly dignified shape devoid of all ornamentation, and large "flying wing" electric powered sliding doors. These elements come together in a revolutionary coupe form that is both dynamic and supremely elegant. In the cabin, personal space was designed to give priority to the people seated in the front seats, and interior trim was executed 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 along with the ideal 50:50 front/rear weight distribution and a low center of gravity, characteristic of Mazda sports cars, providing 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.

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
The power unit for the Mazda Premacy 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 comfortably roomy interior.

All New Mazda MPV
The soon-to-be-launched All New Mazda MPV is engineered for those who truly appreciate the minivan, with quality that inspires great pleasure in ownership, sophisticated styling that tells of the owner’s discrimination and taste, and dynamic performance typical of Mazda’s DNA. Mazda’s vision of the next-generation touring minivan not only offers all the interior space and utility of conventional minivans, it also has graceful proportions with taut, athletic lines, and an open and spacious interior -projecting an air of high quality.

The direct-injection MZR 2.3 DISI turbo engine and 6-speed automatic transmission deliver high fuel efficiency and low emissions, along with spirited performance far beyond the norm for a minivan.

And the newly developed high-rigidity body complements the high power engine with sporty handling, combined with a comfortable ride.

Technical exhibits
Environmental technologies
- MZR 2.3 DISI turbo
- Smart Idling Stop System
- Safety technologies: Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System
- Sideswipe Preventing Communication System
- Adaptive Front Lighting System







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Re: Japan:Mazda Senku and All New Mazda MPV to be exhibited at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda focuses on hybrids, hydrogen for Tokyo show

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Mazda plans to have five new vehicles, concepts and production cars, on display at the Tokyo Motor Show. Here is a preview:


Senku -- This hybrid concept shows one possible direction for the evolution of the rotary engine-powered RX-8.

Designed as a sports car for mature drivers, it features oversized "flying wing" doors that slide to the rear. The plastic body panels are painted to pass for metal. Solar cells are embedded in the rear half of the roof.

The concept was conceived to be powered by a hybrid system based on a direct-injection rotary engine. The transmission is a twin-clutch seven-speed.

Inside, the 2-seater can convert into a 2+2 layout. A spokeless steering wheel encircles analog gauges on top and a touch screen below. The screen includes the sound system and other controls, or can turn into a keyboard when the car is parked. Three screens lined up across the instrument panel show exterior views from five cameras. A Night Drive Aid function is incorporated into the front view. A Lane Drive Aid system helps the driver avoid wandering into the next lane.

In a station wagonlike arrangement, two powered rear gates open to the cargo space. The upper gate slides forward into the roof. The window and lower gate slide down.

The name means "pioneer" in Japanese.


MPV -- Mazda will unveil the latest generation of its MPV minivan, which goes on sale in Japan soon. It was deemed too small for North America and will not be sold here.

Aiming to bring "zoom-zoom" to a minivan, Mazda is fitting the Japan-market MPV with a direct-injection 2.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. It is the same engine found in the Mazdaspeed6.

Inside, it features what Mazda calls "Super Relax Seats" in the second row. These include adjustable leg rests that tilt out like those on airline business-class seats, and adjustable tilting backs, seat cushions, headrests and armrests.


Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid -- Mazda finally puts the rotary engine into a minivan.

This is a technology showcase, with the rotary fueled by either gasoline or hydrogen and hooked to an electric motor in a hybrid powertrain. The rotary engine and hybrid unit are in front of the front axle. The gasoline tank and a high-voltage nickel hydride battery are under the second row of seats. A high-pressure hydrogen tank fits behind that second row of seats. Although that rules out a third row of seats, it still leaves the Premacy with more storage space than the Honda Insight hybrid.

Mazda says it is aiming for a cruising range of 124 miles on hydrogen fuel.

Importantly, this car's hybrid system is being designed by Mazda, with components and suppliers separate from the ones Toyota used for the hybrid Mazda Tribute/Ford Escape. That means Mazda is not tied to the Toyota system and its suppliers.


RX-8 Hydrogen RE -- This is the latest in a series of hydrogen-fueled, rotary engine-powered RX-8s from Mazda. The hydrogen system is essentially the same as that shown at the 2004 Tokyo show. But this year's car is special for two reasons: It can run on either gasoline or hydrogen. The two hydrogen tanks together provide a cruising range of 62 miles. If those run empty, the car automatically switches to gasoline and can go for another 341 miles.

Mazda vows to put it on the market through leases to selected customers in 2006. A handful of fuel cell cars now are being leased worldwide, usually at a lease price of 1 million yen, or $8,780 at current exchange rates, a month. Mazda pledges a price below that.


Tribute Hybrid -- This is a sister car to the Ford Escape Hybrid. Mazda is expected to provide details at the show as to when it goes on sale and in what quantity.
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