Mazda at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show



Mazda Senku Concept Car
Mazda Senku Concept Car

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20th October, 2005

Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of the Mazda SENKU concept vehicle, as well as the Japanese debut of the Mazda MX-Crossport concept, at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show, to be held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba prefecture.

Joining them on the Mazda stand will be the all-new Mazda MPV, soon to be launched in Japan. Also exhibited at the Tokyo show will be the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept vehicle—offering both Zoom-Zoom driving pleasure and outstanding eco-friendliness - and the next-generation MZR 2.3 DISI Turbo and Advanced Driver-Support Technologies.

Mazda Senku Concept Car
Mazda Senku Concept Car

Mazda will display a wide variety of vehicles and technologies that demonstrate its product-led growth to visitors, highlighting the progress of Mazda Momentum, its mid-term corporate management plan that was launched in November 2004.

Mazda SENKU, 'a four-seater rotary sports car for adults', is a concept car that reflects a new direction for four-seater rotary sports cars designed with mature drivers in mind.

The concept clearly demonstrates how Mazda continues to offer new and unique driving qualities in the face of increasing environmental and safety requirements and diversifying customer demands posed by societal changes.

Mazda MX-Crossport—an entirely new breed of vehicle that combines the merits of a sports car and an SUV—was first introduced to the public in January at the 2005 North America International Auto Show in Detroit. The Tokyo Motor Show marks its debut in Japan. The Mazda MX-Crossport indicates a direction that Mazda's future products could take as it further expands its lineup of new generation products.

2006 Mazda MPV
2006 Mazda MPV

The all-new Mazda MPV, planned to be launched first in Japan as part of its global rollout, is a further evolution of the original MPV's user-friendly packaging. It reflects Mazda DNA within a relaxing interior, refined and stylish design, and outstanding driving pleasure that far surpasses that of a conventional minivan.

The Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE (rotary engine) Hybrid concept features a hybrid power unit that combines a dual-fuel, hydrogen/petrol rotary engine with an electric motor. The power unit is transversely mounted at the front in a front-wheel drive layout. The development team aimed to produce a vehicle with outstanding driving and environmental performance along with a comfortable, roomy interior.

Other exhibits include a Mazda RX-8 equipped with the hydrogen RE engine that is viable for practical uses, with plans for commercial leasing in the future. Also on exhibit will be the next-generation MZR 2.3 DISI Turbo engine with direct injection that achieves clean, powerful performance; the Smart Idling Stop System which eliminates the need for an electric starter motor, and delivers quiet and quick starting; and Advanced Driver-Support Technologies that incorporates intelligent transport systems. Mazda is developing unique technologies to create vehicles that combine care for the environment while still retaining the Zoom-Zoom spirit. Test rides in the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE are available at the Clean Energy Vehicle Test Ride event site.

Mazda Senku Concept Car
Mazda Senku Concept Car

Main exhibits


The pursuit of dreams and confident self-expression are becoming more widespread among mature drivers. Mazda SENKU, 'a four-seater rotary sports car for adults', offers a radical new departure in satisfying these desires. Its overarching design concept is "sharpness and mellowness," and these contradictory factors are cleverly integrated to create a next generation design standard. The features include an ultra long wheelbase, minimal overhangs, a unique "floating" appearance supported by large tyres, a smoothly dignified shape devoid of all ornamentation, and large "flying wing" electric powered sliding doors. These elements come together in a revolutionary coupe form that is both dynamic and supremely elegant. In the cabin, personal space was designed to give priority to the people seated in the front seats, and interior trim was executed in supple, high quality leather.

Located between the front and rear axles is the next generation 13B DI direct injection petrol rotary engine with a hybrid unit.

This direct injection RE hybrid achieves high power output and lower fuel consumption along with the ideal 50:50 front/rear weight distribution and a low centre of gravity, characteristic of Mazda sports cars, providing fun and dynamic driving.

The name "Senku" is a Japanese term meaning "pioneer", depicting Mazda's spirit of pursuing unique and exciting ventures - such as the rotary engine.

Mazda Senku Concept Car
Mazda Senku Concept Car

Mazda MX-Crossport

The Mazda MX Crossport is an entirely new breed of vehicle that combines the merits of a sports car with those of an SUV. Pushing the envelope of Mazda design DNA, it moves the Zoom Zoom spirit in a fresh direction thanks to the Advanced Frontier design concept that takes Mazda MX Crossport beyond the boundaries of conventional SUVs and crossovers, and into the realm of sports cars. Aggressively athletic styling is bold, strong, distinctive and instantly recognisable as Mazda, while, on the inside, four bucket seats and a sporty interior design enhance driving pleasure. A wide variety of driving support functions with advanced IT are also featured.

Mazda MX-Crossport Concept
Mazda MX-Crossport Concept

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

The power unit for the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept incorporates a hydrogen rotary engine, offering dual fuel driving with hydrogen and petrol, in tandem with an electric motor. The hydrogen rotary engine and the hybrid unit are transversely mounted at the front of the car in a FF layout, with the high voltage battery located beneath the second row seats and the high pressure hydrogen tank beside the third row seat. This efficient packaging allows the Hydrogen RE based hybrid system to achieve outstanding environmental and driving performance as well as a comfortably roomy interior.

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept
Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept

All New Mazda MPV

The soon-to-be-launched all-new Mazda MPV is engineered for those who truly appreciate vans, with quality that inspires great pleasure in ownership, sophisticated styling that tells of the owner's discrimination and taste, and dynamic performance typical of Mazda's DNA. Mazda's vision of the next-generation touring people mover not only offers all the interior space and utility of conventional vans, it also has graceful proportions with taut, athletic lines, and an open and spacious interior -projecting an air of high quality.

2006 Mazda MPV
2006 Mazda MPV

Technical exhibits

MZR 2.3 DISI Turbo

Thanks to direct injection and a turbocharger, this engine--despite a relatively small displacement of 2.3 litres--achieves high, flat torque and superb response comparable to a 3.5 to 4-litre V6 power plant, in addition to superior fuel efficiency and environmental performance. MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo for Mazdaspeed 6, Mazda 6 MPS and Mazdaspeed Atenza is the only turbo engine produced in Japan that meets SU-LEV standards. This high-power, eco-friendly engine is mounted in the Mazdaspeed 6, Mazda 6 MPS and Mazdaspeed Atenza and will also power other sports-grade vehicles, including the all-new Mazda MPV.

Smart Idling Stop System

The Smart Idling Stop System eliminates the use of an electric starter motor to achieve quicker, quieter and more reliable restarting. The system precisely controls piston position when the engine stops, injecting a small amount of fuel, causing the engine to run slightly in reverse. The system then ignites the fuel in the cylinder that has begun compressing due to the engine's reverse rotation, restarting the engine.

Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System

A computer monitors the inputs received from the accelerator pedal, steering wheel, and brake pedal and uses them to determine the driver's intentions. These are then compared with data from sensors to determine how much the vehicle's actual behavior differs from what the driver wanted to do. Whenever the results indicate the risk of a skid, the computer takes control of the brakes and engine and actively countersteers through the electric power steering system.

Sideswipe Preventing Communication System

At junctions where the driver or onboard sensors and cameras cannot see or detect oncoming vehicles that are obscured by vehicles turning right or vehicles approaching from the sides, the Sideswipe Preventing Communication System exchanges data with approaching vehicles, alerts the driver to their presence using a display and audible warnings, thereby helping to prevent a sideswipe collision.

Adaptive Front Lighting System

The Adaptive Front Lighting System automatically turns the vehicle's low beams on in accordance with the steering angle and vehicle speed, illuminating the path through a curve or junction, enabling safer driving at night. This advanced active safety technology will make its market debut in the all-new Mazda MPV.

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