Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Mazda Kazamai Concept at Moscow 2008

Thanks to the potentially snowy terrain, alot of car manufacturers have been unveiling SUV or SUV crossovers or at least vehicles with all-wheel drive at the 2008 Moscow International Motor Show and Mazda is one of them, with the Mazda Kazamai Crossover.

According to Mazda, Kazamai means “swirling crosswinds” in Japanese, and this serves as the design theme for this concept. Like all of its recent concept cars it looks like a very alien form. Mazda says it aimed to give the Kazamai aerodynamics that are 10% better than other vehicles in its class. There is also a focus on making the car lightweight. The chassis, bonnet and engine block are made of either aluminium or an aluminium alloy.

A production crossover based on the Kazamai will be powered by a next generation a 2.0 liter direct injection petrol engine mated to a 6-speed auto via an all-wheel drive system. Mazda claims a possible 30% fuel consumption savings over the current MZR 2.0 liter petrol engine.

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