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Posted 02 October 2008 - 05:11 AM

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A car that conserves water as well as fuel is one of the stars of this year's Paris motor show, which opens later today.

The Mazda Kiyora concept car, a radical interpretation of a futuristic city car, includes military-inspired water purification technology that channels rainwater from the roof to a portable drink bottle.

Inspired by water – it’s even designed to look like a water droplet – the car also has an air purifier and an engine that turns off when stopped to save fuel.

And the Kiyora is not just for show, with Mazda hinting the water purification technology – already being used by the British military in Afghanistan and the US Marines - could be fitted to a production car in future.

“If it makes sense it could be [fitted] as an accessory,” says Mazda design director Laurens van den Acker. “A lot of these ideas aren’t far away when you think about it, especially in Australia where it never rains. Besides, they say water is the next oil.”

There are even solar panels in the roof to capture energy from the sun and power electrics in the car. (I invite Dr Pikachu's commentary on this)

Under the bonnet is a fuel-efficient direct injection 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine that’s claimed to emit less than 90 grams of CO2 per kilometre travelled, which is 15 per cent less than the hybrid-powered Toyota Prius.

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