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2015-10-29 08:53

STAR OF TOKYO MOTOR SHOW SO FAR? Mazda unveiled their RX-Vision concept car at the Tokyo auto show. The sports car uses the next-generation rotary engine technology. Image: Quickpic

Tokyo, Japan - Mazda wooed the press on Wednesday (October 30) as it unveiled the rotary-powered Mazda RX-Vision sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Mazda are the only automaker to mass-produce the rotary engine, and they say that  the rotary engine is a symbol of the company's "never-stop-challenging" spirit.

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Likely to to called the RX-7 and using a front-engined, rear-drive model we may see a production ready version in 2017. The best news? It will debut a new rotary engine called SkyActiv-R.

Mazda says the RX-Vision represents a vision of the future that the firm hopes to one day make into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with 'Kodo' design-based proportions. 

Rotary returns

Rotary engines feature a unique construction, generating power through the rotational motion of a triangular rotor. Overcoming numerous technical difficulties, Mazda succeeded in commercializing the rotary engine, fitting it in the Mazda 110S in 1967.



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