2009 Mazda Kiyora Concept Update
Hyundai is the latest carmaker to bail on the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, but it's far from the first, raising concerns over the show's future. Mazda is undeterred, however, today revealing a range of new engines and an updated version of the 2008 Kiyora concept that it will have on display.
Powered by the new SKY-G 1.3-liter gasoline engine revealed earlier today, and also using the six-speed SKY-Drive automatic transmission, the Kiyora shows off what can be done with a practical application of the new drivetrain in a form factor that closely resembles the Mazda2, though Mazda says the Kiyora is 220 pounds lighter.
The system makes a compelling case, eking out 75 mpg in Japan's combined 10-15 mode test cycle with the help of Mazda's i-stop system, which shuts the engine off at stops, plus regenerative braking and advanced aerodynamics to help the car slice through the air.
Even with a reduced set of manufacturers, the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show may still prove to be an interesting display of technology, as carmakers continue to push forward with increasingly "greener" powertrains and designs.
The 41st Tokyo Motor Show runs October 23-November 4, 2009, with press days starting October 21.