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Mazda Kiyora

Mazda Kiyora

Mazda Kiyora

Mazda Kiyora

Mazda Kiyora

Mazda Kiyora

Mazda Kiyora

Mazda Kiyora interior
Make Mazda
Model Kiyora
Concept year 2008
Production year -
Engine 1.3 L, 4 cyl, direct injection

The Kiyora is yet another concept car from Mazda. Unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the Kiyora was a lightweight, futuristic city car concept.

The name Kiyora means "clean and pure" in Japanese. This is reflected in the powersource, a next-generation 1.3 litre, four-cylinder, direct-injection engine which offers excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

Like all recent Mazda concept cars the Kiyora's styling is influenced by nature. However, where the previous concepts were inspired the shapes wind could carve in the sand, the Kiyora takes its design cues from water.

"Mazda Design has been working hard over the past two years to develop an exciting new design message with its Nagare series," says Peter Birtwhistle, Chief Designer, Mazda Motor Europe. "Mazda Kiyora is the latest iteration of that philosophy."

The water-orientated design gives the effect of flow and movement, even when the vehicle is stationary. The large transparent door sections are of particular interest as they appear to flow almost seamlessly into the rear hatch and clear roof.

Inside the Kiyora a Liquid-Skin display IP concept would be a simple yet very practical type of instrument panel that uses advanced touch-screen technology with tactile feedback. Using liquid-skin display technology, it would mimic the rippling that water makes when you touch it with your finger. When the car is off, the IP looks like ice, frozen and hard. When the car is switched on, the display appears to turn into water. Information icons would appear and float downwards to pre-programmed positions in front of the driver. The driver would be able to move the icons around with his finger and could even organise them however he wished. He could lip through menus, select settings for temperature, and even send an email.

"We call Kiyora's IP a liquid-skin display," said Gergory Vera, who designed the interior, "because it is conceived to ripple like water when you touch it. Icons bounce off each other as if they are floating in water. This would be a logical next step in intuitive-feedback, flexible-screen displays and is a natural and easy way to operate the systems of a car."

From this touch-screen display, you could also control a hard-disk drive with advanced sensors that would provide environmental information like how much fuel you used and how many grams of CO 2 you released into the atmosphere on a particular day. It could also calculate how many toxins the car filtered out of the air and water during the same period.

Though small, the Mazda Kiyora concept has a rear boot big enough to carry a large suitcase, a briefcase and a notebook. It is accessible via a liftgate that opens very high (with a low load floor level) for easy loading and unloading, and it's flexible. When the rear seats are not in use, you can push your luggage forward and stow even more, while the strong yet flexible seat material stretched over the seats holds the luggage in place.


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