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Mazda to Introduce Sub-Compact Concept Car with Idle-Stop

31 August 2005

Mazda’s Sassou

Mazda will introduce a new sub-compact concept car featuring an idle-stop system at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show. The idle-stop system cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, resulting in fuel savings and emissions reductions.

Created at Mazda’s design center in Germany, the three-door hatchback Sassou is powered by a turbocharged, three-cylinder, 1.0-liter MZR DISI (Direct Injection Spark Ignition) gasoline engine.

Mazda has worked with idle-stop capabilities across a range of its vehicles, from commercial delivery vans to the Mazda RX-8 hydrogen prototype, both in standalone systems as well as in the Mazda Mild Hybrid System (earlier post).

Sassou is a Japanese term that means having a positive state of mind, of looking ahead with optimism to the future. Mazda designed the lightweight urban vehicle for young, first time car buyers who are looking for fun, practicality, economy and low emissions in their vehicle.

More details to come.

August 31, 2005 in City car, Emissions, Engines, Europe | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)


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At least they aren't trying to call it a hybrid.

Just like catalytic converters, this simple fuel saving technology should be mandatory.

"Just like catalytic converters, this simple fuel saving technology should be mandatory."

I was about to write something similar. You beat me to it.

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