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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