Mazda’s new Russian concept is half SUV, half Batmobile

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The latest iteration in Mazda’s line of Nagare concept cars appropriates the apocalyptic look of Frank Miller’s Batmobile and slathers it with a coat of sleekness for the appreciation of the SUV-hungry Russian market, where it will be unveiled for Muscovite car enthusiasts in August. Sadly, Mazda’s Nagare line of concepts are meant to suggest where Mazda thinks its designs will be at by 2020. If even the Russians are driving SUVs in 2020, the only explanation is a Mad Max style apocalypse and Master Blaster taking over the Kremlinship after beating Putin’s brains out in the Thunderdome.

Mazda to unveil new Nagare concept car [Pink Tentacle]

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9 Responses to Mazda’s new Russian concept is half SUV, half Batmobile

  1. michaelportent says:

    I can see these piling up on the streets of Moscow now. *rolls eyes*

  2. artbot says:

    I graduated Art Center over 20 years ago (which is generally considered to be the best car design school in the world, give or take), and this is exactly like every sketch I saw there *back then*. Did this (very typical) student-like sketch come through a time warp or something?

  3. Ignatz says:

    Oooohh, teh Sexy! Forget Mazda, I want Hot Wheels!

  4. Rick. says:

    Looks like every car design I’ve ever seen at Art Center in Pasadena.

  5. Enochrewt says:

    “Two comrades enter, one comrade leaves!”

    or

    In russia, the thunder domes you!

  6. Itsumishi says:

    @Sonascope

    The whole roof looks like a windshield to me. True the side windows are teeny tiny. But I think as far as looking straight ahead it looks pretty covered.
    What I don’t understand is the fact that the roof of the car looks like it’s about 30cms higher than the bonnet. Making this all kinds of impractical for a SUV.

  7. mdhatter says:

    That should cut right through the crowds… of pedestrians.

  8. toxonix says:

    ARTBOT: my thoughts exactly.

    Well, it’s Mazda. Mazda is like Ford, but from Japan.

  9. sonascope says:

    It’s a sad statement of the need for everyone to fancy themselves a badass that’s turned automotive design into a race to make windows smaller and even less practical. Nothing’s quite as sexy, futuristic, and masculine as driving a brutal monster car that you guide by looking through a distorted letterbox of a windshield, it seems.

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