(cover image: design studies of the the Mazda Ryuga - below - and the Hakaze)
The award was accepted by Laurens van den Acker, General Manager of the Design Division of Mazda Motor Corporation, at a gala ceremony held at the exclusive Les Invalides in Paris on last 6 February 2008.
This is the second major design prize for Mazda at the Festival Automobile International in Paris: in 2006, Mazda Senku was chosen "Most Beautiful Design Concept", while the Mazda Ryuga was recently awarded the prestigious Louis Vuitton Classic Concept Award 2007.
"This award reflects creativity and hard work of Mazda's entire global design team. To accept it on their behalf is a great honour for me personally," said Laurens van den Acker.
About the Grand Prix du Design
The Festival Automobile International is held annually to "pay tribute to beauty, design and art" in the automotive industry.
The Grand Prize for Design honours the work of a design studio or a manufacturer, and its influence on the automotive world.
This year's jury consisted of leading figures from the sports car industry, architecture, fashion, design, art and the media. Its Chairman is architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, and its members include well-known people from the design and automotive worlds like Anne Asensio, Alain Prost and Hervé Poulain.
For more information, please visit www.festivalautomobile.com.
About Mazda Design and the Nagare Language
Mazda Nagare Concept
During the last 16 months, Mazda's international design team has introduced five concept cars based on a new design language called Nagare.
The word "Nagare" is Japanese for "flow" and "the embodiment of movement" and takes its inspiration from how natural forces like wind and water move in nature. Embodied by a unique surface language, and combined with form and proportion, it communicates movement in a new way.
Mazda Nagare concept car, for instance, (LA Motor Show 2006) has surface articulation inspired by geological flow patterns, while the Mazda Ryuga (Detroit Motor Show 2007) has a side body texture inspired by Japanese raked gardens.
Mazda Hakaze (Geneva Motor Show 2007) is inspired by sand dunes and Taiki (Tokyo Motor Show 2007) visualises the natural flow of air, while Mazda Furai (Detroit Motor Show 2008) displays flow lines in a strongly sports car style.
Mazda Concept Designs Take Home Double Awards
By MazdaPedia on February 11th, 2008
2007 was a banner year for Mazda conceptual design with the introduction of the "Nagare" models (Japanese for 'flow'). '08 looks to be shaping up positively as well for the motor corporation. The Mazda Senku (pictured above) was chosen "Most Beautiful Design Concept" by a panel at this year's Grand Prix du Design at the 23rd Festival Automobile International in Paris. The annual festival honors "beauty, design and art," focusing on submissions from both major car manufacturers along with small studio designs. Another "Flow" concept, the Mazda Ryuga, recently took home the Louis Vuitton Classic Concept Award 2007. This shows Mazda's This shows Mazda's dedication to not only producing safe, affordable vehicles which are fun to drive, but can grab attention on the highway. eye-catching Mazda designs being shown off at major auto events include the Mazda Furai and Taiki sport concepts.