The Mazda RX-Vision concept displayed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show last November, the concept everyone and their aunties dubbed to be the next rotary sports coupe, the concept people speculated to contain force induction, the concept people were calling the RX-9, is only a “Vision” for now.
The website, CarAdvice, has spoken with Mazda Corporation’s visiting global director and senior managing executive officer, Yuji Nakemine, and he has shared the following regarding the hotly anticipated rotary:
I was encouraged by the concept but still think, we just created that kind of concept, kind of a dream of bringing that to market in the future but at this moment, no specific plan to mass-produce the vehicle.
I think Mazda R&D will continue to look, that’s their dream as engineers. When it comes to business I think we have to study lots of elements, recovering engineering costs, tooling, we have to be realistic.
At this time we have MX-5 RF and soft-top, we shouldn’t be, kind of, distracted by so many rumors… our sales organization should take advantage of the current product line-up.
Then if we make good money, and are more robust and can afford more engineering resources, we can again talk about new concepts or visions or whatever. To be honest, I’m very careful about this concept, but unless we continue to create that kind of concept we cannot realize our dream in future. Thats where we are.
This is a total buzzkill as we love all things rotary and a revival of a rotary sports car is something the automotive industry needs. However, the silver lining in Mr. Nakemine’s reponse is Mazda’s dedication to the MX-5 and their dedication to automotive enthusiasts, by association. We feel as long as Mazda keeps focus on the fans, the revival of the rotary sports car will eventually come, maybe just not in the year 2020. Until then, the Mazda Miata/MX-5 will still reign!