(from Mazda Press
Release) Mazda Taiki reflects one possible direction for a
future generation of Mazda sports cars aimed at helping create a
sustainable society. The fourth concept car in the Nagare design
series, Mazda Taiki further evolves the flow theme to establish a
breathtaking presence that clearly distinguishes it as the next in
the series, and which visually expresses the atmosphere called
taiki in Japanese that wraps the Earth in its protective mantle.
The basic proportions begin with the stretched coupe form of a
front-engine rear-wheel-drive layout, the short overhangs, and the
liberating feel of an all-glass canopy. The challenge to create a
design that visually expresses the flow of air was inspired by the
image of a pair of Hagoromo the flowing robes that enable a
celestial maiden to fly in Japanese legend floating down from the
sky. Inspired by Japanese koinobori the decorative climbing carp
streamers the notion of creating an Air-tube became the concept
word for the interior design. In accordance, from the dashboard and
seats down to the door trim, the interior space creates the dynamic
sensation that the flow of the wind is being visually depicted.
Centering around the performance rotary engine sports packaging that
is synonymous with the Mazda name, technologies introduced for the
Mazda Taiki include the next-generation RENESIS (rotary engine 16X),
which sets new standards for environmental and driving performance,
a front-engine rear-drive layout, a unique 2-seat configuration, and
Mazdas rotary sports package, which conveys an image of lightness.
The effect integrates the design theme perfectly to realize
outstanding aerodynamic performance.