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2008-09-04 11:29
Mazda, MX-5

Mazda's Paris showstand will be dominated by the little Kiyora concept, but also expect to see the MX-5's mid-life nip-and-tuck.

The Mazda stalwart is in for a minor refreshening, and while Mazda is not saying much, the single teaser image reveals that we can expect a new grille and front bumper.

No changes are expected beneath the metal though and the roadster will likely continue with its 2.0-naturally aspirated powerplant. Expect more details to follow the MX-5's officialParis show unveiling on October 2.

Water as design theme

However, most of Mazda's Paris show energy will likely be focused on the Kiyora concept which, according to Mazda, means "clean and pure" in Japanese.

Meant to be in keeping with the manufacturer's long-term vision of "sustainable zoom-zoom", Kiyora strikes a balance between driving pleasure, environmental awareness and safety features.

The concept uses an all-new lightweight platform and its interior has also been designed to incorporate new functions for those with a "youthful lifestyle".

Kiyora is equipped with Mazda's next-generation four-cylinder direct injection engine and features the Smart Idle Stop System for better fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

The facelifted MX-5 and Kiyora concept share their showstand with Mazda6 and Mazda2 models equipped with new turbodiesel powerplants.


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