AUTO INDUSTRY NEWS

Mazda to Exhibit Hakaze Concept Car at the 2007 Geneva International Motor Show

Mazda to Exhibit Hakaze Concept Car at the 2007 Geneva International Motor Show image

Text: / Photos: | posted February 08, 2007 10:00

HIROSHIMA, Japan--Mazda will showcase the world premiere of the new Hakaze design concept at the 77th annual Geneva International Motor Show to be held from Tuesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 18, 2007.

Officially titled the Salon International de l'Auto de Genève, the press days are March 6 and 7, and the public days are March 8-18.

The Mazda Hakaze is a four-seat coupe-style compact crossover SUV designed at Mazda's European Design Center and aimed at people in their thirties and forties who lead active, adventurous lifestyles.

Hakaze is the third design concept of the series created around the 'Nagare' design language, joining the Mazda Nagare and Mazda Ryuga which were revealed earlier this motor show season. Even when standing still, Hakaze seems to be effortlessly cutting through the air. Outside, the side body panels are textured to give the impression of sand dunes rippled by the wind and the body shape creates a muscular and taut look. The rear part of its roof is removable which gives it a feel similar to a roadster. The interior seat layout is unique, as the rear seats slide forward with their lower cushions under the front seats to produce a spacious luggage compartment.

And also just recently, total production of Mazda's Roadster reached 800,000 units on January 30, 2007. This significant milestone was achieved 17 years and nine months after production commenced in April 1989. The Roadster was certified as the world's top selling lightweight, open-top, two-seat sports car by Guinness World Records of the U.K. when production reached 531,890 units in May 2000. Now that cumulative production has topped 800,000 units, Mazda is reapplying with the Guinness organization to have the record updated. The Roadster is known as the MX-5 in Europe and North America.