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Concept cars occupy a strange corner of the auto industry. It’s taken for granted that they’ll never be seen outside an auto show. Their influence on the cars that actually reach the road is barely perceptible. It might as well be an art project.

Which is how we end up with something like this.

Far too sleek to actually drive, the Mazda Taika seems to have taken the concept of aerodynamics to extremes. The set-off back wheel wells are a nice touch, as is the tailed-off back end, but our favorite is the yawning grill that looks like a melted Toyota front end.

According to Autoblog, “Mazda asserts that the concept’s exterior lines are inspired by wind flowing through a Hagoromo, the ‘flowing robes that enable a celestial maiden to fly.’”

Took the words right out of our mouth.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom