Brimming with pure sports car style, the Mazda RX Vision concept makes its European debut at the Geneva show and symbolizes the marque’s latest visualization of an exhilarating driving machine. Featuring a unique interpretation of Mazda’s KODO design philosophy, which aims to capture the very soul of motion even when the vehicle is stationary, the RX Vision’s ground-hugging shape is only possible because of the compact nature of its SKYACTIV-R rotary engine. Named Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year in January at the Festival Automobile International in Paris, the RX Vision demonstrates Mazda’s commitment to lightweight rear-wheel drive sports car perfection as well as rotary power.
Mazda RX Vision’s styling is modern but maintains a sense of lineage and authenticity, encapsulating Mazda’s entire history of sports car design. A low and wide body, short overhangs, a taut cabin and a low overall height make the Concept immediately recognizable as a serious sports car. These elements combine with an incredibly low hood -made possible by the compact and lightweight next-generation SKYACTIV-R rotary engine- to create truly one-of-a-kind proportions. A unique red body color features both energetic brightness and depth, highlighting the luster and contrast between light and shadow that encapsulates the design.
For the interior, the design team pursued an ultimately simple yet powerful image, fusing the tactility of painstakingly handcrafted work with a sophisticated, machined-finish ambience. Intricate instrumentation gives the cockpit a true mechanical appeal which, in combination with the simple instrument panel and genuine leather trim incorporating a saddle motif on the center tunnel, creates an interior atmosphere that speaks of handcrafted warmth and quality, yet maintains a sense of tension.
The Hiroshima-based carmaker has also added its most frugal engine, the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, to the powertrain line-up of its impressive Mazda3 compact. Featuring extreme compression like all SKYACTIV engines, the 77kW/105PS clean diesel puts out 270Nm of maximum torque with combined cycle fuel consumption of only 3.8l/100km and CO2 emissions under 100g/km. New on the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, which is currently offered with the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda2, is a “Natural Sound Smoother” that further subdues diesel knocking by absorbing vibrations at the pistons.
Demand for Mazda’s current generation line-up, also on display at the Hiroshima-based manufacturer’s stand, continues to grow unabated. January sales increased 33.5% year-on year in Europe, as Mazda raised its market share to 1.8% from 1.4% in January 2015 and 0.9% in the same month in 2012.