The futuristic and environmentally friendly Mazda Taiki concept car will make its Australian debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney from October 9-19, 2008.
The Mazda Taiki is the fourth in an award-winning Nagare series of Mazda concept cars that have wowed motor show audiences around the world. This will be Taiki's first visit to the southern hemisphere, and the first opportunity for Australians to see Mazda's tantalising future in the metal.
The Taiki concept is the most visually exciting of the four Nagare concepts - including Nagare, Ryuga and Hakaze - to grace Mazda motor show stands in Australia.
"The Taiki concept gives Australian show-goers a glimpse into Mazda's exciting future, especially in the areas of design and technology," said Mazda Australia Managing Director Doug Dickson.
"Taiki is Mazda's commitment to making sure the sports cars of tomorrow are not only visually provocative, they will be exhilarating to drive and environmentally friendly as well."
The groundbreaking Taiki concept, with its winged wheelarches and sleek, flowing design, was instrumental in Mazda winning the coveted 'Grand Prix Du Design' award earlier this year - the ultimate automotive design award. The Grand Prix Du Design applauds excellence in creativity and design over a whole year.
The Mazda Taiki continues the evolution of the Nagare design theme started with the Mazda Nagare and evolved through the Mazda Ryuga and Mazda Hakaze concept which starred at the Melbourne motor show in February.
Expressing one possible direction for a future Mazda sports car with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, Mazda Taiki features enhanced aerodynamic performance, and is powered by a next-generation rotary engine that achieves the perfect balance between Zoom-Zoom driving pleasure and environmentally responsible performance.
"Starting with the debut of the Mazda Nagare in Los Angeles in late 2006, the process of moving from west to east around the globe towards the unveiling of the Mazda Taiki in Tokyo was a journey of personal discovery for Mazda design," said Mazda design chief Lauren Van Den Acker.
"Still, it does not mean that we arrived at any specific goal. On the contrary, it marks a new beginning in the ongoing evolution of Mazda design."
The Mazda Taiki's futuristic design embodies Mazda's determination to build cars that contribute to the realisation of a sustainable society.
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