View Thread: Mazda Washu


lexus1581
Mazda Washu which means "Eagle's Wing" in Japanese is the first in a string of significant concept and production vehicles Mazda will unveil at auto shows throughout 2003. The Washu concept demonstrates the company's innovative approach to vehicle/passenger interaction in a modern 6-seater format.
Central to the concept are the doors, both front and rear. The front two doors, with unique forward hinging, open extremely wide to an angle of nearly 90 degrees presenting the appearance of an eagle, soaring with outstretched wings. The rear sliding doors are also innovative, opening first outward and then sliding rearward much like the doors on a jet liner.
Using steer-by-wire technology, Mazda's designers have invented a way to neatly store the steering wheel inside the instrument panel when the vehicle is parked, easing entry and egress for the driver and front-seat passenger.

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mrgokou
ooh that could be the next MPV

lexus1581
Imagine parking your car next to that and getting your car smacked by those huge doors!

kcg795
I wouldn't trust the "steer by wire" technology. What if it fucks up? Then you have no control of it. Just a bad idea.

lexus1581
Im really not into this by wire gimmick. It takes away the fun of driving for enthusiasts like ourselves.:awf:

kak
Mazda Washu is a nice concept I think... more info and pics:

http://car.kak.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=news&file=article&sid=668

mrjswift
Steer by wire, ahhh!

scubie02
Brake by wire makes me nervous. I'd rather have something mechanical over electrical. I sort of like to depend on my brakes. I mean, w/ a regular car if it stalls out sure, you lose the power assist, but you still have SOME brakes. What happens w/ the brake by wire ones?

masestylez
TENCHI!

mrjswift
haha