After three years of hyping the scalloped sheet metal of its "Nagare," or "flow," design language, Mazda drove a stake through its heart with the departure of chief designer Laurens van den Acker.
The "Shinari" design language of new chief designer Ikuo Maeda may not make it out of the gate.
Teased three weeks ago in Italy, the intended Paris show car never made it to the stand. A Mazda source said "the company decided not to bring it to Paris." When pressed as to whether it was due to negative reaction from the media at the Shinari's preview, there was a subtle nod and smile. Long live the king?