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The Mazda 929 from the '90s was a rear-wheel-drive technological marvel that was ultimately unsuccessful because of its hefty price tag and Americans' infatuation with the SUV. Times have changed and big cars are cool again, with just about everybody on the market offering a large sedan. Mazda, however, is an obvious exception. The artists over at CGI Automotive decided to render out a future Mazda9 just for fun, and while it looks a bit awkward, the overall idea is pretty solid.

Out front, the blue rendering holds true to the design of the upcoming Mazda6, but Audi-like jewelry has been added to the headlamps and the lower air dams look aggressive and sporty. The bulging wheel arches borrow from the Mazda6 and RX-8, and the roof-line is tapered to give it the four-door coupe look. The one thing that would have to change is the hatchback, which might be OK on smaller Mazdas, but is unattractive for a large flagship sedan. Would we like to see a Mazda9 flagship sedan? Hell yes, the more Zoom Zoom the better. But it would have to be more distinctive and less hatch-like, or it'd suffer the same fate as the 929 of years gone by.

[Source: CGI Automotive via Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ya know, I was just thinking of that the other day. I actually made a sketch, but not one this accurate. LoL

      But the idea is very sustainable. I would buy one over the Impala and Charger any day. Mazdas rock!
      • 7 Years Ago
      While I admit the possibility of seeing a Mazda 9 in the future is compelling, this Mazda 6 'shoop isn't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the Audi-esque front end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should build it on the RX-9 platform complete with rotary. It would give them a distinctive RWD flagship as well as help distribute the cost investment on the RX-9. Plus it would be a perfect response to the Hyundai Genesis twins.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my '88 929 was one of the best car's I ever owned... god I miss that car! I am seriously considering picking up a '94 or '95 to drop a rotary or turbo4 into....
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love it, beautiful looking car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is nothing not sacred anymore? Can they leave the Audi foglights out??? That's worse than that one Hundai car that looks like a Jag, or that cheap plastic Toyota sportscar that looks like a Porsche Boxter. Mazda, I have a little bit of respect for you. Don't blow it out the window trying to clearly copy Audi's unique headllamp/foglight looks. We want something original. We have enough "bad copies" of real cars on the road and don't need another one--especially from Mazda. Stay in your own lane, lol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ya know, I was just thinking of that the other day. I actually made a sketch, but not one this accurate. LoL

      But the idea is very sustainable. I would buy one over the Impala and Charger any day. Mazdas rock!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car actually looks pretty good. It looks like more of the "4 door coupe" type idea. The black plastic where the foglights would be has to go though; that looks cheap as anything. Anyways, has anyone looked at that shooting brake interpretation of a Lamborghini Gallardo on the website's banner? It's absolutely hideous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't like it. Horrible C-pillar.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. It does follow up on the Mazda6, but it reminds me a lot of Audi and Lexus, not sure if that's a bad thing. I like it though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The supplied image takes a glance at a large Mazda applying the Nagare (flow) styling." - cgiautomotive.com

      Unless the Nagare theme is supposed to barrow the grill and bright work from Honda, blatantly rip off Audi's RS fascia queues, and singlehandedly bring back the forgotten ass of your garden-variety 1980's Porsche, it does nothing of the kind. C'mon guys.. Mazda already screwed up the 6 for the North American market, but at least it's still beautiful even with that retarded blackout panel on the C-pillar.

      Uninspired, entirely too derivative, and devoid of the flow, symmetry, and harmony that has been the hallmark of Mazda design for the better part of the last decade. These guys come in with a cheap photochop sporting all the splendor of a copycat sophomoric art student's wet dream and call that "application" of a theme that's not even in the same universe. Whatever.

      This is what happens when you take art and put it in the hands of people who don't know what they're doing.

      Fail.
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