Mazda let fly with a press package on its new Sassou urban minicar concept, which the company will unveil in Frankfurt. Based in part on the Japanese "Shoji principle of hiding and revealing, the Sassou has a body design only a planar geometrist could love, with three independent lines that barely overlap. A set of novel LED headlamps and indicators are virtually invisible until lit, and frameless side windows increase the interior daylight quotent. In a nod to young techies, the car's interior features make extensive use of USB ports and related accessories, with a "USB stick key" controlling all interior systems, storing navigation and other information and interfacing with the driver's home computer (or is that user?). Oh the engine? a turbocharged, direct-injection 1.3-liter three-cylinder, hooked to a twin-clutch six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
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