ustled within the confines of what was once a city demolished in its entirety, Mazda is a company that truly embodies the saying of ‘Rising from the ashes’. Famous for perhaps the wrong reasons, Mazda’s home city Hiroshima is also one that perfectly portrays the spirit of perseverance, of survival, and one with a unique viewpoint of the past, present and its own future.
As a car maker that has went through its up and downs throughout the years, Mazda transformed itself by the end of the last decade. With a holistic re-approach to car making which Mazda calls it SkyActiv, it is as much an engineering pursue as it is a philosophical belief. In one go, Mazda took the rethinking process to the extremes, by redesigning how their cars were made, creating unheard of engines, transmission architectures that combines the torque converter of an automatic, with a clutch from manual transmissions etc; using unique solutions to solve problems everyone thought are dead ends of engineering.
The engineering breakthroughs of SkyActiv however, seems to have taken its toll on the continuous viability of the rotary engine. As much as it is a Mazda hallmark, rotary engines seems to have met its limit as the world continues to tighten rules and regulation as well as taxation on emissions. While Mazda focused greatly on the groundbreaking SkyActiv cars, the persistence of Mazda to deter itself from fitting a conventional engine into the legendary RX line of sports cars meant that the long running RX-8 risked not having a successor. The inevitable demise of the rotary engine seems to be on the horizon, and nothing hurts Mazda themselves more than seeing the rotary engine's departure.
Just as the world lives on for half a decade without a new rotary engine buzzing off Mazda's production line, it seems they've been hard at work with the debut of the RX-Vision last year. Serving as glimmer of hope for the loyalists, Evo documentaries decided to bring you through a short journey of Mazda's past, and the promising future that beholds.
Unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motorshow, the Kodo-inspired RX-Vision paves the way to an all-new RX-7, and if things do go along as planned, it could even hit the market as early as 2017. Following the successful market introduction of the MX-5, Mazda is keen on doing so with this awe-inspiring concept - providing a range of succulent sports - or more - enthusiast-derived vehicles to reminisce in the good old days, and most importantly, appealing towards a shrinking fan base.