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Mazda Kazamai Concept to Premiere
at Moscow International Automobile Salon 2008
Leverkusen - Mazda will unveil a
sporty, compact crossover concept vehicle, Mazda Kazamai, at the
Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) on August 26.
Kazamai, which means “swirling crosswinds” in Japanese,
expresses the powerful yet nimble image of a stylish and compact
crossover. The concept is based on Mazda’s long-term vision for
technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, which aims to
provide a unique balance between sporty driving fun, and
superior environmental and safety performance. Kazamai will be
joined at MIAS by the Russian debut of Mazda’s CX-9 SUV, which
was crowned 2008 North American Truck of the Year in February.
The Kazamai concept further
evolves Mazda’s ‘Nagare’ design language by fusing Nagare’s
‘flow’ design cues with aerodynamic proportions. The design
features panel lines inspired by crosswinds in nature which
evoke visual lightness. Its bold five-point grille, accentuated
front wheel arches and sleek roof line, combined with large
22-inch wheels, lend it high emotional appeal.
Sporty to look at, Kazamai is
meant to be spirited and fun to drive, with compact dimensions.
Kazamai’s four-wheel drive powertrain will consist of a
next-generation direct injection engine and a newly-developed
transmission. It is also aerodynamic, with an evolved
lightweight body structure and enhanced vehicle safety
attributes. Were it to be built, Mazda’s latest show car would
deliver exciting driving dynamics, frugal fuel consumption and
greatly reduced CO2 emissions.
The Mazda Kazamai promises to be another
ground-breaking show car from Mazda Design, winner of this year’s Grand
Prix du Design in Paris. Created especially for the Moscow International
Automobile Salon, it gives a good indication of where Mazda is going
with a possible future compact crossover. And in Russia’s growing
automotive market, compact SUVs are the second-largest segment,
representing about 13 percent of all new car sales.
(15th July 2008)