2007 Mazda Ryuga conceptEnlarge Photo
Mazda’s concept unveiled at
A Japanese term referring to flow, nagare is applied as a design philosophy that embodies motion in forms. For instance, the ripples on the side of the car are inspired by those made by a breeze over water, while the dramatic, streaky headlamps are styled from morning dew on bamboo leaves. “The flow expressions that Nagare and Ryuga embody will be seen both in the near term on other concept cars and in the long term on production models,” said general manager of design Laurens van den Acker.
In addition to exterior design and styling, interior efficiency is an important part of the design. Although the Ryuga is significantly smaller than the RX-8 sports car, and about a foot lower than a Mazda3, it can accommodate four adults. Entry and exit is easy through the gull-wing doors.
Power for the concept is provided by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder flex-fuel engine, capable of running on E85, gasoline, or a mix.
Mazda also displayed the new Tribute HEV on its stand. As its sibling, the Ford Escape Hybrid, the Tribute HEV delivers 155 hp altogether from the gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain and complies with strict SULEV-II emissions standards.
2007 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/7/2007)
Lights, cameras, Cobo – action.
2008 Mazda Tribute HEV Preview by Marty Padgett (1/7/2007)
Mazda’s hybrid crossover gets the Escape revamp.
2006 Mazda Nagare Concept by TCC Team (11/15/2006)
The embodiment of zoom-zoom going forward?