Happy days are here again. We just don’t know when those happy days will be happening.
When Mazda released the RX Vision concept every single JDM, tuner, and rotary fan collectively got a car boner. The concept itself was staggeringly gorgeous and showed that Mazda’s concept design team really had the chops to compete with some of the best. What’s better is that it showed Mazda was once again thinking about a rotary focused car, something we’ve all been hoping for since the RX-8 was killed. The RX-7 was the true beast of the street going rotaries, but even the RX-8 had its charm.
At a press conference recently, Russell Wager, vice president-marketing at Mazda North American Operations confirmed a few things about Mazda’s future.
As reported by Wards Auto:
“We’re driving ahead to ‘premium.’ We’re not trying to go luxury; that’s not in our cards,” Wager says at the 2016 J.D. Power Automotive Marketing Roundtable. “But we are trying to make vehicles people will pay more for.”
So what does that mean for a new RX model? Well the RX Vision production hasn’t been announced yet, but Wagner did confirm that if it does, it’s going to be a rotary engine.
“That concept car shows RX in the title. Every time we’ve used that in the past, it means rotary engine. I hope that’s the case this time. That car wouldn’t come to market unless it has a rotary engine. That’s what they are working on.”
So much is running through my mind right now. The fact that he said “it wouldn’t come to market” and “that’s what they are working on” means that Mazda is absolutely working on the next RX car. Couple that with the confirmation that the car wouldn’t come to market without a rotary engine and you have your confirmation right there.
Now all we need is a release date and we can start the countdown clock.
(Source: Wards Auto)