Mazda Minagi to debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Even though Ford has reduced its ownership stake in Mazda, the two companies still have cooperative agreements on platform sharing, engineering, and more. Mazda will be showing the Minagi concept at the Geneva motor show in March and it's easy to see that the Minagi concept bears a more than passing resemblance to Ford's Vertrek Concept (see small photo at right). The Vertrek is set to replace or be the new Escape in the US (and possibly underpin a new Lincoln) and, since the Mazda Tribute is a lightly redesigned version of the Escape, it makes sense that Mazda might get a version of the new compact SUV/CUV of their own. The Minagi will showcase Mazda's new SkyActiv technologies and new Kodo design language. We shall see. Photos to come.

Source: Mazda - Press release after the jump.

Press Release: 
Mazda MINAGI Concept to Showcase Mazda's All-new SKYACTIV Technologies and KODO Design at the Geneva Motor Show

Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of its new MINAGI compact crossover SUV concept car during the press days of the 2011 Geneva motor show, which is being held from March 1-13, 2011. The Mazda MINAGI concept fully embraces Mazda's new SKYACTIV technologies and its new design theme, KODO – Soul of Motion. The exciting MINAGI concept is the forerunner to the launch of Mazda's upcoming next-generation products and symbolizes the evolution of the Mazda brand as it begins a new era.

The Mazda MINAGI is a compact crossover SUV concept that combines Mazda's SKYACTIV technologies – which represent the harmony between driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance – with emotional KODO design that communicates pent-up energy bursting with vitality as the vehicle nimbly navigates a sprawling urban cityscape. Fully introducing SKYACTIV technologies throughout, MINAGI is equipped with a SKYACTIV engine and SKYACTIV transmission fitted to a SKYACTIV-Body and chassis that merge comprehensive weight reduction with the assurance of ample safety features.

Mazda's stand at the Geneva show will also feature new SKYACTIV technology exhibits and the Mazda SHINARI design concept car, among a wide range of products.

Officially titled the 81e Salon International de l'Auto de Genève, the show's press days are March 1 and 2, and the public days are March 3-13, 2011. Mazda will hold a press conference on Tuesday, March 1.