9- Mazda Kiyora concept
The Mazda Kiyora concept was first shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, and features a strong visual resemblance to the current Mazda3. That’s an interesting thought because the Kiyora was originally supposed to replace the sub-compact Mazda2. In terms of technology, the Kiyora concept features a 1.3L “SKY-G” engine and “SKY-Drive” six-speed transmission to provide a drive that’s easy on gas.
The Kiyora concept is influenced by water, which gives it the fluidic exterior design. Inside, the Kiyora looks downright crazy with sweeping lines flowing from all over the cabin, and a u-shaped steering wheel. Clearly the Kiyora is a design concept, since it features no visible dash, or usable buttons.
The Kiyora’s technology and style has certainly foreshadowed the latest Mazda vehicles. Mazda’s new SkyActiv-G engines have utilized the same lightweight design with an emphasis on delivering a car that’s fun to drive and fuel-efficient. The concept is also lightweight like many of Mazda’s new SkyActiv vehicles, and also features a start-stop system that uses a battery powered by regenerative brakes.