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Mazda Teases New CX-4 Ahead of Beijing Motor Show

Global plans unclear.

by on Apr.06, 2016

The new Mazda CX-4 picks up on the Kodo design language and cues from the Koeru concept.

Mazda is giving us a first look at its latest crossover, and the CX-4 set to debut at the Beijing Motor Show will clearly show the influence of the Koeru concept we first saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn.

The CX-4, among other things, picks up the Koeru’s blacked-out B-pillars and floating roof design. Both the concept and production model offer the latest take on Mazda’s distinctive Kodo design language – which also was quite apparent in the updated Mazda CX-9.

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Mazda previously suggested that the CX-4 could be something of a coupe-crossover take on the latest-generation CX-5, the pairing aimed at the likes of the BMW X3 and X4 pair. In its tease of the new crossover, the Japanese maker described it as an “exploring coupe.”


First Look: Mazda Minagi

The “soul of motion” rolls into Geneva.

by on Mar.02, 2011

Mazda will put its new Kodo design language into production when a version of the new Minagi reaches market next year.

Mazda is a manufacturer that has often gone its very own way, from its early rotary engines to the distinctive design of the new Mazda5.

That newly updated microvan brings to the street what the maker dubbed its Nagare design language.  Yet even as those flowing forms migrate to the manufacturing process, Mazda has already moved on – as it demonstrates at the Geneva Motor Show, with the unveiling of its new Minagi concept crossover vehicle.

The Mazda Minagi goes a step beyond the Shinari show car unveiled late last year, in the process introducing an all-new design language the Japanese maker dubbed Kodo, or “the soul of motion.”

The Minagi, suggested Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi, “captures the energy of the moment.”

With its cabin notably pressed rearward, there’s a muscular, cat-like quality to the Minagi, which Mazda appropriately compares to a cheetah.”


First Look: Mazda Minagi

Newest Mazda fantasy in chrome coming to Geneva.

by on Jan.19, 2011

Mazda introduces its new "Kodo" design language with the Minagi concept CUV.

Mazda has a tradition of revealing some undulating automotive designs at major auto shows.  And the wave-like designs of show cars like the popular Nagare have clearly influenced what we now see in production from the Hiroshima-based maker.

Past prototypes have tended to focus on sports car or sporty coupe body styles, so perhaps it’s a telling hint that the next big Mazda fantasy in chrome will come in the form of a slick crossover.

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The sleek Mazda Minagi – shown here in an official rendering — will take its formal bow at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.  The concept CUV evolves to reflect what Mazda calls its new “Kodo” design theme, Japanese for “soul of motion,” it suggests.

It may have a new name, but the images suggest an evolution, rather than revolution, with Minagi revealing some of the flowing, wind-in-the-sand shapes of Nagare and its past brethren.  But the overall look is a little simpler and less strained.