Honda updates Jazz for 2012 with styling tweaks

August 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Honda has released details on its planned updates for the 2012 model Jazz hatchback. While the changes are subtle the Jazz sport receives styling tweaks and all models have interior changes and new standard features.

The 2012 Jazz Sport, will be updated cosmetically with a revised front grille and bumper, black headlight bezels and a darker, machined silver finish for the alloy rims.

In the cabin, a dark metallic dashboard trim replaces the previous gray and black themes, there’s now chrome accents around the instrumentation, plus standard steering wheel-mounted audio controls and new seat fabrics.

The entry-model Jazz gains colour-coded exterior mirror caps and freshly-styled wheel covers. All models in the range get new console-mounted center beverage holders along with new interior lighting, and added sound insulation. Continue reading “Honda updates Jazz for 2012 with styling tweaks” »

Mazda changing styling direction to ‘Thrusting Motion’

June 28th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

According to new reports, Mazda Europe’s British design boss Peter Birtwhistle has confirmed that the Japanese automaker will take on a new styling direction. Apparently, translating the brands radical concept car styling into production vehicles hasn’t been an easy task. Especially, considering that former Mazda design head Franz von Holhausen, the man responsible for the previous ‘Nagare’ styling direction of concepts like the Furai (pictured), left Mazda for Tesla Motors back in 2008.

Birtwhistle went on to say, “Nagare is done. After the 5, it’s highly unlikely that there will be another Nagare car. Mazda has moved on.” Apparently, Mazda found it rather difficult to apply the swoopy and flowing conceptual styling direction to production cars, specifically boxier shapes like that of the Mazda5 (not sold in NZ).

Mazda’s current chief designer Ikuo Maeda has been given the task of creating the brand’s next-generation range starting with the next Mazda6. So, what’s next? Apparently, Mazda will attempt to turn itself into a Japanese Alfa Romeo, by offering a more upmarket feel for its new models.  The first new concepts will be based on a new “Thrusting Motion” design language. Whatever that means for Japanese car designers it remains a phrase that carries some rather different meanings here in NZ. Good luck with that Mazda.

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