Mazda to Introduce Sub-Compact Concept Car with Idle-Stop
31 August 2005
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.
At least they aren't trying to call it a hybrid.
Just like catalytic converters, this simple fuel saving technology should be mandatory.
Posted by: Schwa | 31 August 2005 at 01:39 PM
"Just like catalytic converters, this simple fuel saving technology should be mandatory."
I was about to write something similar. You beat me to it.
Posted by: Mikhail Capone | 31 August 2005 at 02:36 PM
Posted by: Jesse Jenkins | 01 September 2005 at 01:50 PM