Mazda revealed their concept car, named the Mazda Kiyora at the Paris Auto Show in 2008. The idea behind designing this car is to introduce a replacement for the Mazda2. The vehicle is in fact the design study for next-generation compact vehicle and engineering-study for high-fuel efficiency gasoline unit. Mazda uses water as the design theme for their Kiyora. As environment friendly cars are getting much popularity, this vehicle is considered as the futuristic urban trend in the automobile market. As for fuel-efficiency, the Kiyora rates 32 km/L of fuel efficiency and CO2 emission of 90 g/km.
The Kiyora is designed to target the young urban customers. The term Kiyora literally means ‘clean and pure’. The Mazda Kiyora’s design is the combined effort of the Mazda Europe and Mazda Japan.
As for exterior, the Kiyora features two butterfly doors and a tailgate. The Kiyora can accommodate 4 passengers, i.e. two on front row and two on second. The rear passenger seats are so designed that one can fold them to increase the cargo space. The body frame of the Kiyora is designed to offer a least resistance similar to Mazda’s earlier concept car, called the Mazda Nagare. The transparent material is used to build the roof and two side doors through which one can easily see the monocoque and frame structure. The design of the car looks pretty much like a water stream. The weight of the car is reduced with intentions to increase safety. The side mirrors on the vehicle are replaced by cameras with a view to minimize the resistance. Compared to Mazda2, the overall length of the Kiyora is 10 cm less, i.e. 377 cm. Although, Kiyora is relatively smaller in size but the boot on its rear still carry a one large suitcase.
The rear seats are made of a mesh fabric to create this extra space.
Touch screen technology is introduced on the dashboard. This touch screen technology allows the driver to move and reorganize the icons such as meters, audio system on the display panel.
The most unique feature of the vehicle is its tendency to collect and purify the rain water with the help of filter which is then stored in the bottle mounted inside the vehicle.
The vehicle is powered by a 1.3-L 4-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine also features Mazda’s matchless idle reduction technology known as ‘i-stop’. This i-stop technology is particularly designed for urban areas where roads are always busy with heavy traffic and this technology turns the engine off whenever it comes to immobile. The deceleration energy is used by Kiyora to recharge the battery.
Body and Fuel Efficiency
The Mazda introduces carbon fiber body frame to reduce the weight of the vehicle. Similarly, Mazda opted for lightweight material in the interior as well. All these measures make the Mazda Kiyora lighter than Mazda2 by 100 kilogram. The Kiyora is able to achieve 32 km/L and emits CO2 emission of 90 g/km.