Mazda, one of the more prolific concept car producers,
unveiled the Nagare concept at the 2006 LA Motor Show.
Nagare, Japanese for 'flow', was designed to create a
sense of movement while stationary. The first of three
concepts Mazda intend to reveal throughout the 2006-2007
motor show season, the Nagare is far from production ready,
about 15 years away in total. "We're looking well
down the road with Nagare. We want to suggest where Mazda
design will be in 2020. To do that, we redefined basic
proportions and the idea of driving without losing the
emotional involvement. Mazda's driving spirit will be
enhanced and intensified by Nagare." Says Franz von
Holzhausen, Mazda North American Operations' (MNAO) Director
of Design and lead designer of the Nagare concept.
During the design process of creating the Nagare, Mazda's
designers looked at how motion can affect its surroundings:
how wind shapes sand in the desert, how water moves across
the ocean floor, and the look of lava flowing down a mountainside.
von Holzhausen continues, "We began by developing
a surface or textural language that describes flow. The
motion of the vehicle is defined by, and evident in, the
texture of its interior and exterior surfaces. There is
no right or wrong way to capture the impression of motion,
so each of the concepts we present throughout this global
show season will embody a different interpretation of
our new surface language."
Inside the Mazda Nagare is a centrally mounted drivers
seat and 3 passenger seats behind. Access to the interior
is via forward and upward swinging butterfly doors.
Mazda envision a hydrogen fueled rotary engine for the
Nagare's power source.
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