samedi 15 octobre 2011

8 concept cars from Mazda

Mazda Taiki
(designed by the Yokohama Design Center team led by Chief Designer, Yamada Atsuhiko)
The Mazda Taiki is a one-off concept car produced by Mazda, and is the fourth car in Mazda's 'Nagare' design series. Mazda says the Taiki "reflects one possible direction for a future generation of Mazda sports cars aimed at helping to create a sustainable society".
The exterior design is inspired by flowing robes and carp streamers. The Taiki has scissor doors and a very impressive drag coefficient of 0.25. Even the wheels and tires were designed with aerodynamics in mind.
The interior colours are inspired by Yin and Yang. The driver's side of the cabin is black, while the passenger side is white
Mazda Nagare
(designed by Laurens van den Acker)
The Nagare (pronounced “na-ga-lay”) is a concept car that was introduced by Mazda at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Nagare is considered to be an exercise in natural and organic car design to explore the future of Mazda automobiles. Its name “Nagare” translates into English as “flow” and the designers specifically studied motion and the effect it has on natural surroundings when creating this vehicle.
The Mazda Nagare is a celebration of proportions and surface language according to its designers. Its bodylines flow like liquid across its smooth seamless design and there are no distinguishing marks that detract from the overall theme of the car. It has a large windshield that rakes at a very steep angle molding itself into the glass roof of the car. Its large and aggressive wheels are wrapped into the wheel wells, incorporating them as a part of the body.
Two double-length doors hinge forward when opened and spread from the cabin like the wings of a butterfly. Inside, you find the driver’s seat centrally located in the front of the cabin and three passenger rear seats arranged in a "wrap-around lounge" in the back. The interior continues the Nagare’s organic themes with futuristic elliptical controls and dials relating information to the driver.
Mazda Ryuga
(designed by Yasushi Nakamuta)
The Mazda Ryuga is a concept car introduced by Mazda and partner Ford Motor Company at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The car, along with the Mazda Nagare which was introduced at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, is an exploratory design study intended to illustrate future styling directions for future Mazda passenger vehicles. The Ryuga moniker (pronounced "ree-yoo-ga") is Japanese for "gracious flow".
The large 21" wheels are placed at the far corners for a stable, balanced stance. The body features two gull-wing doors, and is significantly shorter and lower than the four-passenger Mazda RX-8 sports car.
The Ryuga accommodates four passengers in typical 2+2 seating, with front bucket seats and a lounge-like rear passenger area. A "floating" center cluster with elongated pods includes a multi-function touch panel for controls and displays. A set of charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras are installed for monitoring the rearward view and blind-spot. The steering wheel is an open top style, which utilizes steer-by-wire technology
Mazda Hakaze
(Designed by Laurens van den Acker , Peter Birtwhistle)
The Mazda Hakaze Concept, is a concept car that was revealed in early February 2007. Its major design elements come from a new design language developed by Mazda called Nagare, developed by Laurens van den Acker, Mazda Global Design Director. It translates to "flow". This element has been used on past Mazda concept cars such as: Mazda Nagare; Mazda Ryuga; Mazda Kabura.
Inside it has four bucket seats, making somewhat of a 2+2 format. There is a wrap-around center console. Everything inside can be adjusted to the driver's specific needs; once they are set the settings are stored in a Bluetooth card that the driver keeps possession of. When the driver activates the car using the card, all his/her personal preferences are automatically adjusted.
Mazda Furai
(Designed by Swift Engineering with Mazda's design studio,Southern California led by Laurens van den Acker)
The Mazda Furai is a concept car revealed on 27 December, 2007 and manufactured by Mazda. A teaser image of the vehicle was released on 11 December, 2007. The Furai officially debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
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The Furai , meaning "sound of the wind", is the fifth and last of the Mazda Nagare line of concept cars that have been made by Mazda since 2006. The chassis is based on the Courage Compétition C65 Le Mans Prototype that Mazda last used to compete in the American Le Mans Series, two seasons previously and is designed to use E100 ethanol fuel, it is powered by a new generation 3-rotor wankel engine that puts out 450 brake horsepower (340 kW). The engine is developed and built by renowned rotary tuner, Racing Beat, who also built the car's rotary-shaped muffler canister.
Mazda Kabura
(designed by Franz von Holzhausen)
The Mazda Kabura is a concept car shown by the Japanese manufacturer Mazda in 2006.
The Kabura, introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, is a sport compact which shows styling themes and technologies which could appear in future production models. It was designed in Irvine, California by Mazda of North America design chief Franz von Holzhausen, whose past projects have included the Audi TT and Pontiac Solstice.
The Kabura’s exterior is described as a wide "powerful" stance, with pronounced wheel arches and taut surfaces, reminiscent of classic coupes. The windshield and forward portion of the roof are integrated into one seamless glass surface that extends from the cowl to the B-pillar. Overhead portions of the glass have adjustable tinting, so that the driver can adjust a knob to change the roof’s opacity, as desired, from clear to completely opaque.
The unique 3+1 interior layout is designed to provide comfortable seating for one or two tandem passengers to the right of the driver, with only occasional use of the fourth "jump-seat" behind the driver as needed.
Mazda Kazamai
(Designed by Laurens van den Acker)
The Mazda Kazamai is a concept car made by Mazda. It was first introduced at the 2008 Moscow International Automobile Salon in August and later shown at the 2009 AutoRAI Amsterdam held in April.
The Kazamai is number six in a series of concept cars with the Nagare flow design language. The design features panel lines inspired by crosswinds in nature which evoke visual lightness. The car also has a bold five-point grille, accentuated front wheel arches and sleek roof line, which are combined with large 22-inch wheels.
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Thanks to its aerodynamic design, evolved lightweight body structure and use of aluminium, 2.0 L DISI direct injection engine and lightweight 6-speed automatic transmission the Kazamai has a 30% better performance and fuel economy and CO2 emissions compared to the foregoing 2.0 L gasoline engine.
Mazda Kiyora
(Designed by Mazda Europe and Mazda Japan led by Peter Birtwhistle)
The Mazda Kiyora is a concept car made by Mazda. It was first introduced in a 2008 Paris Auto Show. It is the next generation urban compact car intended to replace the Mazda2. It is a design study for next-generation compact car and also an engineering study of high fuel-efficiency gasoline engine. The design theme of the Mazda Kiyora is water. It is applied to a city, a new trend in the automotive market due to environmental concerns. The Mazda Kiyora achieves 32 km/L of fuel efficiency and 90g/km of CO2 emission.
The Mazda Kiyora has two butterfly doors and a tailgate. It has four seats and the rear two seats can be folded. The body frame is streamlined like Mazda’s former concept car the Nagare series. The roof and two side doors are made with transparent material so you can see the monocoque & frame structure from the outside. It is designed not only to look like water stream, but also to increase the safety while decreasing the weight. To enhance the streamline, all the mirrors are substituted by cameras so the Mazda Kiyora does not have side mirrors sticking out from the car. The body length is 377 cm which is 10 cm shorter than Mazda2. In spite of the size, the Mazda Kiyora has a rear boot that can fit a large suitcase. The rear seats are made of a mesh fabric to create this extra space.
The dashboard inside the car uses a touch screen technology. The driver can move and organize the icons including all the meters and audio system on the display.
One notable feature of Mazda Kiyora is its roof. The roof is designed to collect rain water and purify it through an installed filter. The water is saved in a bottle installed in the car so that passengers can drink it.

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