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Mazda's sending its latest concept to NAIAS, this one named Ryuga. The gullwinged sports car is meant to build on Mazda's recently introduced "flow" design language first seen on the Nagare in LA. Not coincidentally, Ryuga is Japanese for "gracious flow." "Ryuga is Zoom-Zoom defined," said Laurens van den Acker, Mazda's global design director in a Mazda press release. "It combines vibrance, confidence, fun and youth all in one ingenious package."

The Ryuga is scheduled for introduction on the morning of January 8, the second day of the show's media preview.

Mazda also says it will bring along the 2008 Tribute HEV hybrid. Combining gas and electric motors, the SUV produces 155hp, but still qualifies as a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle and Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle in California.

With the introduction of the Kabura earlier this year, the Nagare in L.A. and now the Ryuga in a few weeks, we understand that Mazda is in the process of revealing a production vehicle mimicking the design cues used in these concepts. Hopefully Mazda will give us something we can drive by this time next year.

Full Mazda press release after the jump.

[Source: Mazda]


HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda North American Operations will unveil an all-new concept car, Mazda Ryuga, and its all-new Mazda Tribute Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. All attending media are invited to the company's formal unveiling on the Mazda show stand at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007.

Mazda Ryuga builds on Mazda's concept of flow. Nagare -Japanese for "flow"- debuted at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show and introduced the company's new design future. Ryuga - Japanese for "gracious flow," and the next generation of this exciting concept - will reflect a higher level of sophistication achieved through the use of rich fabrics, engineered fits and hidden details. Mazda Ryuga is elegant and refined, but with spirit and edge, portraying unique Japanese beauty.

"Ryuga is Zoom-Zoom defined," said Laurens van den Acker, Mazda's global design director. "It combines vibrance, confidence, fun and youth all in one ingenious package."

Offering another, although far more immediate and real, look into its future, Mazda also will debut the 2008 Mazda Tribute HEV. The heavily revised Tribute HEV will be the first advanced-technology vehicle dedicated to clean air that Mazda will sell to the public when it becomes available later in the year.

The Tribute HEV is one of the least-polluting vehicles on the road, yet still delivers the performance required by SUV owners. With a combined power output of its gasoline engine and electric motor of 155 hp, the Tribute HEV provides plenty of power yet meets strict Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEVII) and Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards in California - the strictest emission regulations a gasoline-fueled vehicle can meet.

Also on display at the show will be the all-new seven-passenger SUV Mazda CX-9, the five-passenger SUV Mazda CX-7 and the balance of Mazda's 2007 product lineup.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Geez, you guys complaining about concept drawings must have no soul. The idea of a sketch is not, and never has been, to provide a photo-realistic representation of the car. It's to capture the essence of the vehicle, the overall form and the mood the car projects. Gullwings and huge wheels are dramatic - and that's the point of a sketch, drama.

      Get over it. I think it's a fantastic way to provide a teaser for a concept car. Especially the Kabura and the Nagare, which had really exaggerated perspectives that gave enough of a hint of the car without really giving anything away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "#4 a Japanese version of the Tercel"

      What other versions of a Tercel are there? I've only heard of the Toyota Tercel, I drive one. I wish they still made cars as small as it is, now days cars might be as short in length, but the roof is ridiculously high most the time.

      Back on track, I don't have much of a problem with weird doors; I like the gullwins, verticals, sliding, suicides, jet canopy. I think concepts need to be more separated from reality, that's what makes them so fun to look at.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gullwing doors, something to be excited about! Seriously, how often do those make it to production? They look exotic, the name sounds cool to say but they really aren't practical or even desirable.

      What Mazda needs is a serious updating of the RX-8 and some way to squeeze some serious ponies out of that nifty rotary engine. http://www.carbuzzard.com/review.php?id=16044
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeesh, enough with the whinging about the gullwing doors.

      Mazda has done everything door-wise from full-side-flip (Nagare) to slide-n-hide (Kabura), and usually it seemed to compliment whatever seating arrangement they were trying out. The only thing I'm not sure I've seen is Butterfly, the fashionable access with lux-rockets and showstars despite their mundane production origins in a Japanese version of the Tercel.

      The one thing that excites me about Mazda is that most of their latest concepts seem to be RWD coupes with emphasis placed on the driver being put in the tallest part of the car or given the room to slide back while still finding a place to comfortably put 2 or 3 other passengers. Thus, their "eventual production car" seems very much like it would be a RWD coupe that puts the driver in the tallest part of the car and/or gives them the room to scoot back while leaving room for 2+ passengers.

      I'm 6'3" which means the Miata requires a shoehorn and that the RX-8 will be a permanent 3-seater (and really it's a two seater with a nice rear shelf to put some extra bags).

      Thus, the idea of a sportesque-yet-cheap RWD coupe that I would be able to put two friends into (3 in a pinch) is very appealing. I was salivating over the Kabura concept but I still thought the Sassou and Nagare concepts were doing some interesting things with seats and had the power going to the right place.

      Granted... the eventual production car might eschew all non-conventional seat designs to basically become the same Cheap RWD Japanese coupe we've seen before: low-to-ground, low-roof, slanted-back front seats with insurance lowering belted buckets close behind them... But I can dream.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drove an RX8 when I was looking for my most recent vehicle. Definatly a fun car, a bit stark in the interior (all black) but hey, I'm young, I don't need wood trim, although maybe some aluminium bits would be nice. The problem was, as is always mentioned, the engine. Sure it revs really high. The problem is, being able to use that. Sometimes you just need some low-end grunt, or you want to feel you're driving something actually powerful. The RX8 never really felt powerful. It was more like "woohoo, this thing sure revs high! Oh, not enough room here".

      CarBuzzard, you talk about balance in your review, but I don't think the balance is there. The car definatly handles wonderfully, and even had a compliant enough ride for this 20-something sports car enthusiast, but I don't think the balance is there. There is not enough power, in my opinion, for the handling. The last RX-7, I feel, was a better balance. Awesome handling and enough power to push your back in your seat, thanks to the turbos. That cars faults have been talked to death, but I don't see why now, 10 years later, Mazda can't come up with a more reliable turbocharged rotary, to match the handling of the RX-8 ...

      That said, I ended up with a 350Z Roadster :). Yes, it doesn't handle as well. But it does make up for it with a lot more torque and power, plus having the top down means women will throw you admiring looks, and occasionally their panties ...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Put your doors up for Detroit! I love this city.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beotch, when I talk/write about "balance," I mean front to rear, and the RX8, being a "front mid-engine" design (plus other aspects), has that balance. I'll agree that the RX8 has more handles than power, though that can be entertaining in its own way. "Underpowered" cars require more care to maintain hard-earned momentum. But yes, more power is better. :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find it funny how someone can complain about a concept car. How often do we actually see a concept car reach production with all of these different design elements? Never! I don't care who the company is that debuted it. Mazda has actually done very good with concept cars this year. Far better than any other manufacturer has come up with this year. Why do I say that? How many other manufacturers have come out with as many concept cars in such a short amount of time? That shows focus and planning for the future. They aren't intended to be prototypes of actual cars going into production. They are design studies and it's actually cool that someone will show off so many of these potential future avenues rather than to keep them all hidden behind secret locked doors for a small group of people to judge. Mazda has shown far more diversity than any single other car manufacturer has when it comes to these design studies. Look how many different elements they have incorporated into them. Other companies just don't get it. Diversity is what keeps people interested. The same thing over and over again doesn't. Mazda has done more than just give us drawings of cars. They actually build and show off these things. Mazda has done a good job of getting these things in front of the people who matter the most and that is a potential consumer. They gauge interest on different design features to see what they can implement into future cars. They know full well that there will be criticism. That's what they want to hear. Many of these concepts have similar features so it's easy to see the direction that Mazda's next generation designs are headed. If other car companies took this apporach to car design, we wouldn't see short lived cars hitting the market that flop in short time such as the Aztek, GTO, and other ugly or just plain bland cars. Occasionally companies get lucky with ugly designs. The Scion Xb is a good example.

      Oh and beotch, if women are throwing their panties at a 350Z (and a lower performing convertible for that matter), they either don't have very high standards and can't get someone in a nicer more expensive car, are hookers, or they aren't out of high school yet. Quit fooling yourself. You're the only person humping your car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about enough already with "concept" drawings where the wheels wouldn't even physically fit into the wheel wells if the car was actually produced. I have no desire to have my tires merge with my fender in the future.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd appreciate it if I never heard the term "zoom-zoom" again. Mazda, if you read this, I never want to buy a product associated with a motto that annoyingly stupid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Enough already with the Gullwing doors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but I still find it hilarious how mazda always seems to come up with these half-baked, baked-artist renditions of automobile drawings, and then call it a concept, and make myriad ludicrous comments about said drawing.

      hey, I know a few people who can sketch a car, got jobs for them?

      Seriously, these drawings are for the CAD/clay teams to mess with, not for the public to see.
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