A Vision of beauty?
Clearly the jury at the 33rd Festival Automobile International think so, as it awarded the Mazda Vision Coupe the title of ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at a recent ceremony in Paris. The judging panel comprised members not only from the car and motorsport worlds, but also architects and fashion designers.
As ever with concept cars, the Vision is intended to give us an insight into how Mazda might evolve its design language in the future. And as ever, we’re told it’s just the design team speculating upon possibilities, when we know that some elements of the design will already be incorporated into several of Mazda’s next generation production models.
So what about the mk5 version of the MX-5? Might any elements of the Vision pop up on the next generation roadster? A variation on that imposing nose treatment, for example? Ooh, no-no-no, came the reply from the Mazda press department: it’s way too early to be thinking about a mk4 replacement – and there was us thinking that around about now would the ideal time for Mazda Design to get cracking…
The Vision’s award was accepted by Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s global design director, who said that the four-door coupe ‘embodies a delicate Japanese aesthetic,’ and that the design uses ‘reflections to express a sense of vitality.’