Mazda may have trotted its new Shinari design concept out at a special event back in September, but the design study hasn't been shown at any major auto show to date. That will soon change, however -- the automaker revealed today that the slinky four-door sedan will make its official world auto show debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.
The Shinari, which was briefly shown at an event in Milan earlier this year, is more than just a simple concept car. In fact, Mazda says it's a preview of the company's future design ethic, as the automaker is working to move away from its lauded Nagare forms.
The new language is dubbed Kodo, which reportedly translates to "soul of motion." We'll take Mazda's word on the definition, but we can immediately tell the new forms are much smoother, elongated, and flowing than designs penned under Nagare's reign. We've no idea the Shinari itself will translate into a production vehicle, but Mazda says the car will influence future products. Here's hoping the next-generation Mazda6 looks half as good...
Ironically, the ultimate expression of the Nagare language on a production vehicle -- the 2011 Mazda5 -- will also be shown at Mazda's Los Angeles display stand. We first laid eyes on the refreshed mini-minivan at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but this time around, we'll have our first look at a model built to North American standards. Perhaps the best change lies underhood, as the 2011 Mazda5 finally receives the larger 2.5-liter I-4 found in other Mazda offerings, including the current Mazda3.
Look for both the Shinari concept and the U.S.-spec Mazda5 to make their official debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens on November 19.