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Mazda’s Russian concept car: first picture

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0700

By Tim Pollard

First Official Pictures

16 June 2008 10:18

Want proof that the Russian car market is on its way to becoming one of the world’s biggest and most important? Mazda today confirmed it would build this bespoke concept car for the 2008 Moscow International Automobile Salon. The one-off show car will be a compact crossover specifically aimed at the Russian market.

The car hasn’t even been named yet, but Mazda has revealed this sketch of the SUV concept car, which will be unveiled on 26 August 2008.

That’s because it’s the latest concept car in a string of themed ‘Nagare’ show cars such as the Nagare, the Taiki and Furai. They’re designed to forge a new corporate look for Mazda, inspired by Japanese design and natural shapes like waves.

This crossover is apparently inspired by crosswinds, so expect more designer chit-chat about flowing breezes and natural elements.

Mazda will confirm more details and the name of the concept car later this summer.

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By Tim Pollard