The Mazda Ryuga (Japanese for 'gracious flow') concept
was shown at the 2007 North American International Auto
Show in Detroit.
The Gull-winged Ryuga is the second of three concept cars
following Mazda's new design language of 'flow', a style
first seen on the Mazda Nagare
concept shown at the 2006 LA Auto Show.
"But we wanted to take the idea further," Laurens van
den Acker, Design Division General Manager for Hiroshima,
Japan's Mazda Motor Corporation, said "The Ryuga concept
we're presenting in Detroit is our next step in the evolution
of Nagare. It's an exploratory design study that's more
realistic than Nagare and therefore more useful in gauging
reactions from those who see it.
"To put this in fashion terms, if Nagare is haute couture
(a custom designed and tailored garment), Ryuga is prÍt-a-porter
(ready-to-wear, not one of a kind)."
Large 21 inch wheels are placed at the far corners of
the Mazda Ryuga concept's exterior and lend the car a
highly stable, balanced stance. The aggressive wedge shape
imparts motion even when this sports coupe is parked.
Volumes that are small in front, larger at the rear, wrap
around and over the wheels to give the exterior tension
The front bucket seats of the Mazda Ryuga concept provide
ample lateral support for energetic driving with the shape
of the seats creating an impression of movement which
is further emphasized by the patterns in the material.
The experimental 'floating' center cluster allows a high
level of interface between the driver and the multifunction
touch panel without having to take one's eyes off the
road ahead. Information necessary for safe and dynamic
driving is available to the driver with RPM and speed
(which is shown in both analog and digital formats) being
displayed on the same axis.
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