litre 3 cylinder
The Mazda Sassou ('sa-so'), was a small, lightweight,
three-door hatchback powered by a turbocharged,
three-cylinder, 1.0-liter MZR DISI (direct injection Spark
Ignition) gasoline engine. Combined with evolved mazda
design language and a unique interior concept, the Mazda
Sassou was a glimpse into the future at where Mazda might
be heading with its B-car.
The Sassou concept is a lightweight, urban vehicle for
young, first time car buyers that makes everyday city
driving fun, highly practical, economical and aiming for
Designed at Mazda's design center in Frankfurt, Germany,
the name "Sassou" is a Japanese term that means
having a positive state of mind, of looking ahead with
optimism to the future. And with a lightweight, compact
and stylish exterior, the Mazda Sassou certainly embodies
this. It is an advanced interpretation of Mazda's design
language that employs the latest in aerodynamic techniques
to hint at the agility and fun-to-drive attributes so
typical of the brand.
IThe Sassou mixes these attributes with a unique use of
exterior and interior materials and hidden features based
on the "Shoji" principle. Shoji screens are
thin Japanese doors made of ricepaper that allow you to
see the outline of what is behind without seeing the details.
The Mazda Sassou concept has attributes that are hidden
within the body and are suddenly revealed by an illumination
system that makes the car seem to spring to life in a
way that is appealing and surprising.
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