Nagare, Japanese for flow. This is the design philosophy behind Mazda’s recent concept cars. Last year’s Nagare followed by Ryuga and Hakaze that debuted respectively at the 2007 Detroit North American International Auto Show and Geneva Motor Show.
None of this is breaking news, though arguably the significance in establishing an automotive surface form language hasn’t been sufficiently recognized. The pursuit of embedding motion in a car’s form now extends to its skin utilizing etched lines that even redefine the car grille, interior and lights. The light streaks are reminiscent of capturing an automobile via slow shutter speed photography. It’s frozen motion that isn’t superfluous.
Images courtesy of UltimateCarPage.com, Wouter Melissen & Ford Motor Company/Mazda.