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Mazda Yuuga Coupe - Click above for high-res image gallery

The jury is largely in on Mazda's new happy corporate face and well, most folks don't like it. But what if Mazda designed a car featuring its Nagare design language minus the smiley face? That's exactly what one student designer named Imran Ali did with the Yuuga Coupe. Presented at the 2009 Degree Show at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, UK, we have to say that the Yugga Coupe is quite the looker.

No known plans exist for production. For all anyone knows, this could be a Mazda6 coupe. Or, the Yuuga could indicate a design direction for future RX models – like a return to the gone-but-totally-not-forgotten RX-7. Or hey, it could be something totally different – who knows? The all-glass roof and crash-cymbal sized brakes are obviously auto show wishful thinking, yet the side profile is quite modern and Fisker-like. The rear looks even better – sorta like an Aston Martin V8. Then, of course, there's the Mazda meets GT-R front end, which is especially handsome. Good work, Mr. Ali. We hope they build it, though the name has to go. Too close to Yugo for our liking.

[Source: Car Body Design via Car Scoop]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I do not consider the current expression a "smile," it is more like a mad vacuum cleaner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front looks very "Renault" to me.

      I don't really see that much "Nagare" in this design--shapely side panels for sure, but it lacks the traits Mazda's worked hard to define as their own (front fenders in particular).

      All in all, a gorgeous design, but if you were to replace the front fascia and badge, it could be any other car on the market. When I was in design school, the object was to create something un-generic and fresh to avoid that fallacy--there's plenty of time to design generic stuff later.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perfectly said, Mike P.
        Not much Nagare there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agree new Renault Megane Coupe front with Aston Martin side line...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The white model with the black wheels looks sweet (pics 1 and 3). I like the rear design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      really? i feel this design is stagnant, there isnt enough love or tension to the surfaces or lines, and the front is unresolved and flat and the rear looks like a 90s chrysler product had a bad accident with an aston...not enough dash to axle for my liking either...renderings are sophmore level as well as the sketching...

      the front fenders look stolen directly from the current mazda 6...if this was supposed to be a future design id say the designer didnt do a good job, this is a 2012 design at best...

      wheels are too small for a concept model IMO......

      why is it when you write an article for a student project you present it as if its something being considered by the company the vehicle is designed for...it's a student project, it was either sponsored by mazda or the student picked the company for their project...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like the front, but the rest seems pretty nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad, would be a cool new version of the MX-6 from the 90's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see a lil' AM Vantage from the side. Thats a good thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. This design would look stunning on an RX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a bit ugly, looks unfinished and dose not look like Mazda at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great design. The front end could use a little more work (it's a bit too blunt), but the rest of the car looks great. Definitely something I'd drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      However that front end reminds me of kabuki-style face painting, like some sort of shogun. Still, a very nice design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      That front end is soooo renault.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't an automaker actually manufacture something like this? So many of the vehicles look the same no matter which company it is.
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