In 2006, the Japanese automaker Mazda launched their concept car, named the Mazda Nagare at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Nagare is regarded as an attempt from Mazda to proceed in the technology of designing and producing natural and organic vehicles in the future. The name ‘Nagare’ is taken from Japanese which literally means ‘flow’ in English. The designers of the vehicle closely examined the motion and effect it would have on the natural environment while building the Nagare.
The chief designer of the vehicle, the Laurens van den Acker was the Mazda’s global design director at that time who along with his advanced design studio team at Irvine, California designed the car. Being a head of the international Nagare design team, he directed his team to focus on the design, considering engineering was his second priority.
Laurens said in one of his statement, “The Nagare is a celebration of proportions and surface language that will evolve into subsequent designs planned for presentation at future international auto shows. Nagare examines light and shadow, and begins to reveal the global design cues for the next generation of Mazda vehicles.” He further added, “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.”
As the Nagare is described as a celebration of proportions and surface language by its designers, all the bodylines appear to flow like liquid across its flat, polished seamless design and there is not a single point that malign the overall theme of the car’s design. The car also features a large windshield which assembled at a very steep angle and shaping itself into the glass roof of the vehicle. The large, aggressive wheels are packed in the wheel wells, suggesting them as a part of the vehicle’s body.
It features two double-length doors which hinge forward and extend from the cabin similar to the wings of a butterfly. As for interior, there is a centrally located driver’s seat positioned just in front of the cabin, while in the rear three passenger seats ordered in a ‘wrap around lounge’. The Nagare’s organic theme in the interior continues to be used incorporating the futuristic oblique controls and dials.
Presently, the details regarding the powertrain of the vehicle have not yet been released by the Mazda. The reason is that the company’s major priority at this stage is to focus on the designing side of the vehicle. However, there are rumors suggesting that the Nagare will be released with the Mazda’s hydrogen-fueled rotary unit.
This extra emphasis on the design elements clearly suggest that the Mazda is trying to keep the sports vehicle’s spirit alive just as they done with all other products. As for bodywork, it is not just the shape, but functionality as well to minimize the wind drag. In order to receive rapid steering response and nimble maneuverability, the wheels are mounted at the far off corners of the frame.