Early look: Mazda Taiki

Mazda has released images of its Taiki Concept ahead of the car's Tokyo Motor Show debut later this month. Fourth in the Nagare design series -- which includes the Mazda Nagare, Mazda Ryuga and Mazda Hakaze -- the Taiki furthers the flowing design theme of the previous show cars.

The front-engine rear-drive Taiki is powered by Mazda's next-generation RENESIS rotary engine, although Mazda failed to release any further information about the drivetrain. Mazda says the design of the two-seat Taiki "was inspired by the image of a pair of Hagoromo - the flowing robes that enable a celestial maiden to fly in Japanese legend - floating down from the sky."

According to Mazda, the theme of the Tokyo Motor Show will be "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom- Mazda's showroom today and in the future." The Taiki will share the Tokyo stage with the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid and the all-new Mazda Atenza -- the Mazda6 here in the U.S.