New-look concept for Paris show - and it could become the next RX-8
You may not know this but you are looking, we're assured by Mazda, at an example of the 'soul of motion'.
That's the translation for 'Kodo', the name for Mazda's brand-new design language, which will make its debut with this, the Mazda Shinari concept, at the Paris motor show in a few weeks time.
Ikuo Maeda, Mazda's chief designer, has said that the show car's look will form the basis for the next generation of Mazdas.
Neither Maeda nor Mazda have gone into more specific details about the production future of the Shinari, however. On the one hand it could morph into the next Mazda 6 family saloon (yawn). Alternatively, it could become something much sportier - an almost-successor to the RX-8, which has been killed-off by Euro5 emissions regulations (significantly less yawn).
I'm loving this (even though some might say the front end is a bit of a Jag rip-off), it definitely is a very agreeable design - let's hope they doesn't dilute it too much... Well done Mazda!
Munter31 Aug 2010
Slightly less aggressive than the Furai.
PhantomPH31 Aug 2010
Mazda have a habit of doing this, tho. There have been loads of great looking concepts in recent years (seen a few at various motor shows), but they still produce the dubious-looking Mazda 3 facelifts and the 6...I hate to say it, but at least Citroen are taking their balls in their hands and building some of the designs that people fall in love with.
What you will see, is a hugely watered down and boring version of this design. This design is faaaar too pretty to make production.
E31Shrew31 Aug 2010
Aston, Jaguar, BMW CS concept...all in one
nsmith118031 Aug 2010
Stunning, cant wait to see it in the metal at Paris.