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KODO captures the very instant energy becomes motion. It’s the muscular beauty you see when an animal pounces, or when a human leaps into action. Everywhere you look, this dynamic poise is enhanced by elegant detail. The five-point grille, defining body lines and powerful stance all show our design philosophy in action.
The 'KODO – Soul of Motion' design direction has shaped the dynamic style and premium presence of All-New Mazda2, Mazda3, New Mazda6, CX-5, CX-9 and our first small SUV, Mazda CX-3.
To further explore the beauty of ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’, Mazda Design is now pursuing new challenges in product and craftsmanship to stimulate and enrich daily life.
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'KODO - Soul of Motion' beyond the automobile
Mazda is dedicated to building cars that are more than just a mass of metal. We create cars that can communicate with the driver on an emotional level, as if the vehicles were alive. Creating automobiles as art is Mazda Design’s raison d’être, and now we turn our sights on the challenge of creating other artefacts according to the KODO design philosophy.
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Throughout its history, Mazda has explored various design themes of motion. A fusion of functionality and beauty - design in motion is all about capturing the muscular vigour you see when an animal pounces.
The sleek and aerodynamic lines of every Mazda is enhanced by the visionary KODO design philosophy which initially began its journey with the SHINARI concept car.
SHINARI introduced ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ to the world. This four-door, four-seat sports coupe concept demonstrates the smooth, yet dynamic lines that are an inherent part of KODO.
SHINARI has a sense of motion and aerodynamic form, even when standing still. It perfectly expresses the theme of motion in a graceful and carefree form.
MINAGI offers a vision of KODO design that is different to SHINARI, yet it shares the same sinuous, powerful stance. For MINAGI – which created the CX-5 – Mazda designers looked at cheetahs while they hunted.
They set out to evoke the moment when an animal contracts its muscles – ready to sprint and lunge at its prey.
TAKERI advances further from the powerful stance of MINAGI. A concept car that explores the vast possibilities of KODO, TAKERI brings a new level of strength and allure to sedan styling.
TAKERI translated directly into the successful development of Mazda6 and All-New Mazda3.
HAZUMI exhibits the best of Mazda technology, innovation and design. This concept car refuses to bow to the conventions of the subcompact class or compromise in any area of Mazda vehicle engineering. The Mazda HAZUMI indicates the ideal form of Mazda’s next-generation subcompact car.
By packing in the powerful and dynamic movements of KODO, Mazda has given the HAZUMI distinctive exterior styling and an athletic physique reminiscent of a small animal leaping into motion. It’s KODO, in its most highly concentrated form yet.
Mazda showcases 'The Car as Art' at an exclusive exhibition in Milan, Italy.
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