( Autoinsiderne ) - Mazda has released more images of the Hakaze Concept that it will unveil at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show next week. Hakaze (pronounced hah-kah-zay), from the Japanese words "ha" for "leaf" and "kaze" meaning "wind," is the brand's third concept in its "Nagare" design language. The Hakaze Concept is a compact crossover coupe sporting cues pulled from - roadsters, hatchbacks and SUVs.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda said the Hakaze concept would "embody design ideas we expect to implement in the very near future." While the Hakaze is more production ready than the previous concept, that isn't say much, since the Nagare and Ryuga concepts were little more than studies in surface language.
Unfortunately, the Hakaze is the least appealing of the "Nagare" design language concepts. While the flow lines along the sides of the Nagare and Ryuga concepts added motion to the previous concepts, the flow lines on the sides of the Hakaze look like the ribs of a starving animal.
The Nagare design language has a lot of promise, and we would like to see a production version of the Ryuga Concept as the next-generation RX-8.