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Mazda6 to see first Shinari application

It took more than three years for Mazda's previous flowing design language – called Nagare – to move from concept to an actual production car, the Mazda5 minivan.

However, Mazda's aggressive Shinari styling language, overseen by new design boss Ikuo Maeda, will take just 18 months to appear on its first for-sale vehicle. A Mazda source said the redesigned Mazda6 mid-sized sedan will carry heavy Shinari styling cues. It is slated to arrive in spring 2012. However, like most concept ideas, the Shinari design will be toned down a bit on the actual production car.

The Mazda6 is expected to carry over its existing platform with some re-engineering of its handling and braking characteristics, the source said.

You can reach Mark Rechtin at mrechtin@crain.com

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