Mazda has been releasing a series of concept cars over the past few years, each exploring a unique motion inspired approach to sculpting the surface of the exterior body. The themes have also all contained distinctly Japanese references. The fourth car called the Taiki is about to be formally unveiled later this month at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show. The challenge to create “a design that visually expresses the flow of air” was inspired by the image of a pair of Hagoromo – the flowing robes that enable a celestial maiden to fly in Japanese legend – floating down from the sky. The most dramatic part of the design is the tapered body section that flows around the rear wheels.

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