The Tokyo Motor Show was an opportunity for many leading global car manufacturers to unveil their most buzzworthy new designs. But fans and critics were united in singling out Mazda's new RX Vision as one of the most exciting debuts of the show.
Currently still in the concept phase, with retail release not expected earlier than 2017, the Tokyo Motor Show was the first glimpse at a vehicle that Mazda hopes will represent a bold new chapter in their long history of excellence and innovation.
The RX Vision is a sleek two-seater, front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car powered by a SKYACTIV-R rotary engine. This next generation engine reflects Mazda's ongoing commitment to developing rotary engine technology, which is currently on mass production hold.
Mazda has a long history with the rotary engine, which generates power through a triangular rotor in rotational motion. It was first successfully implemented into the Mazda 110S Cosmo Sport model in 1967. In 1991, the 24 Hours of Le Mans was won by a rotary-engine powered Mazda car. Over the decades, the company has never stopped seeking new ways to improve durability, fuel economy and power output of the rotary engine.
The RX Vision is also as visually stunning a model as fans have come to expect from Mazda, with an elegant swooping bonnet, and shallow, wide-eyed headlamps. No doubt inspired by the recent release of the Spectre movie, many attendees compared the vehicle to something that international super-spy James Bond might be seen behind the wheel of.
Masamichi Kogai, Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO, expressed his confidence that the RX Vision would prove another smash hit for the company. “I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand,” he told attendant journalists. “Mazda will continue to take on new challenges in an effort to build a special bond with our customers and become their ‘one and only’ brand.”