KAI EAR­MARKED FOR PRO­DUC­TION

Autocar - - TOKYO MOTOR SHOW -

Of the Mazda con­cepts shown at Tokyo, the Kai is the clos­est to be­com­ing a pro­duc­tion car – as the next-gen­er­a­tion Mazda 3.

Talk­ing about its sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Kodo de­sign lan­guage in re­la­tion to the Kai, Euro­pean de­sign chief Kevin Rice said: “This is the de­sign theme as a more prac­ti­cal propo­si­tion.” The Kai, he added, “is a re­ally im­por­tant show­case”, thanks to the im­por­tance of the Mazda 3’s seg­ment.

Rice said: “The cab-rear ar­chi­tec­ture im­proves the weight dis­tri­bu­tion and han­dling, and the long bon­net in­creases the crush zone.”

A new plat­form al­lows the front wheels to sit fur­ther for­ward and the pedals are aligned with the steer­ing wheel rather than be­ing pushed to one side by in­tru­sive wheel­hous­ing. This cre­ates a per­fectly aligned driv­ing po­si­tion, Mazda says.

The pro­duc­tion car would ride higher and fea­ture a soft, crush­able nose.

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