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Baby Mazda to be revealed in Frankfurt

Baby Mazda to be revealed in Frankfurt

Remember the Kiyora concept revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2008? Its lines inspired the new baby Mazda1 that will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show, most probably in a prototype version, followed by a production version in 2011.

The new Mazda1 is based on a shrinked version of the Mazda2 and features differently shaped taillights and headlamps, and shorter rear doors.

Under the hood Mazda placed a 1.3-litre direct-injection petrol engine, with a Smart Idle Stop System (SISS) that automatically shuts down and restarts the engine as required. Mat this to a newly developed six-speed automatic transmission and you will get a CO2 emissions to just 90g/km or less.

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Mazda1 official sketches

Mazda1 official sketches

Mazda will unveil a new small car in October at the Paris Motor Show. First to be unveiled in a concept form, the future Mazda1 will go on sale in late 2009, and will compete with the Volkswagen up! and Toyota’s iQ.

As you can see from these drawings, it’s the first model to bring the design themes showcased by the company’s Nagare concept to reality. The sporty look of the 2 supermini is evolved with a taller roofline to boost headroom, but key details including dramatic slashes in the bodywork and short overhangs are retained.

The city car concept is likely to feature Perspex panels, plus sliding side doors and seats, which will increase practicality, too.

The concept is likely to be powered by a combination of fuel cells and batteries. The firm will also reveal a new 4x4 at the Moscow Motor Show in August, based on Ford’s Kuga, which could make its way here. And it is working on an RX-7 replacement that also follows the Nagare design theme.

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Mazda1 City Car to be revealed in Paris

Mazda1 City Car to be revealed in Paris

Mazda will unveil the Mazda1 Concept car at the Paris auto show. The new supermini will be the first everyday Mazda to develop the Nagari styling DNA that inspired the sleek Taiki and the stunning Furai racing car concepts.

Mazda designers say the brand is "committed to" the brand styling and it will be used increasingly on new models after 2010.

Mazda will also unveil a small 4x4 conceptat the Moscow motor show later this year that will also adopt the Nagari design DNA. The Kuga-style soft roader will be specifically targeted at Russia.

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