New Mazda concept saloon will make motorways sexy again

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Mazda has revealed the Takeri concept, which previews the forthcoming Mazda 6 repmobile middle market saloon, and might just become the sexiest looking three-box ever made.

All kinds of gobbledygook accompanies the release of the pictures: did you know, for example, that the Takeri "promotes the emotion of motion in harmony with the environment"? And do you care?

If you're anything like us, though, you will care about a car that looks like this hitting a dual carriageway near you shortly, and very probably costing significantly less than that BMW 320d you had your eye on. Isn't she lovely.

The Takeri will be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show next week alongside the new Mazda CX-5. Together, the new pair demonstrate that Mazda's recent focus on strong design is working a treat.

Officially, Mazda's latest stuff is penned under the banner of the company's 'Kodo' design language, which we're told means 'soul of motion'. Who knew?

Likewise, the Takeri's drivetrain uses Mazda's Skyactiv technology, which has something to do with being eco friendly: efficient engines, reducing weight, that sort of thing...

And so the Takeri is the first Mazda to get regenerative braking. Not a particularly new innovation, but a useful fuel-saving one nonetheless. It works by capturing kinetic energy during deceleration and sending it to the battery to power the car's electrical stuff.

It's a bit of kit that perfectly aligns with Mazda's snappy theme for the Tokyo Show, thus:

'Environmental Technology, Pushing the Boundaries of the Emotion of Motion. As long as there are people who love to drive, Mazda will continue to evolve the emotion of motion in harmony with environmental and safety performance.'

(If you want an easy way of remembering it, just think of the acronym: ETPTBOTEOMALATAPWLTDMWCTETEOMIHWEASP.)

Mazda Takeri concept

Mazda Takeri concept