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This past September we reported on Top Gear's destruction of the Mazda Furai, one of the finest concept cars to ever grace an auto show stage. It turns out that the Furai, which was burned nearly beyond recognition at the hands of the British magazine, was actually destroyed back in 2008, and that the entire thing had been covered up for five long years.

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The SkyActiv plan is moving along as expected. To wit: the next little glimmer of drivetrain electrification that we will see when Mazda debuts its next-generation mid-size Takeri concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in late November. The car's Kodo design language could be a preview of the next-gen Mazda6, but it's what's under the new sheetmetal that is more interesting.

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Mazda Minagi Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Mazda Taiki concept.

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In an event scheduled for right about now, Mazda will unveil the new Ryuga concept vehicle (along with the new Tribute hybrid we already know a lot about). The press release for this car places the Ryuga (pronounced: ree-yoo-ga) with Mazda's Nagare/flow concept. Well, with but also above. The Ryuga will "higher level of sophistication through the use of rich fabrics, engineered fits and hidden details," Mazda says. I say fine, but what's cool about the Ryuga is that Mazda has conceptualized the

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