Despite the “no-where near” production look, it also previews the Japanese automaker's plans to introduce vehicles that are not only good to drive, but also exciting to look at.

Today at the Paris Motor Show Mazda is presenting the latest evolution of their long running Nagare design language concept series with the new Kiyora Concept. The eco-friendly city car has been designed to demonstrate how Mazda will achieve a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy in the near future. Despite the “far from” production ready look, the Kiyori also previews the Japanese automaker's plans to introduce vehicles that are not only good to drive, but also exciting to look at.

The Kiyora Concept hides a small 1.3-liter direct-injection engine under its body. Aided by a small electric motor it features a Smart Idle Stop System (SISS) that automatically shuts down and restarts the engine as required. The unit is mated to a newly developed six-speed automatic transmission system which boasts similar fuel efficiency as a manual system. Putting these technologies together limits CO2 emissions to just 90g/km or less.

Mazda have gone for a “hip” style with the design of their new concept. They follow an “Urban hub” theme to create a practical yet cool looking model. It rides on a wheelbase of just 2495mm and the overall length comes in at 3770mm. Despite the low dimensions it still has ample space for four full size adults, and the rear cargo area fits a full size suitcase, a briefcase and a notebook.

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