After hefty profits, Mazda could invest in expanded sports car lineup
The last time we (specifically, I) wrote about the much-rumoured Mazda RX-whatever, I made a pledge to you, our valued reader, to not write about such rumours ever again.
In advance, I offer my apologies, as I’m about to break this promise.
Motoring.com.au is positing some RX-7, and now RX-9, rumours while offering some decent evidence to support their hypothesis.
After record profits and with the Japanese automaker looking ahead to some fairly significant dates, the Australian outlet has made the claim we will see a new RX-7 in 2017 and a halo sports car, called the RX-9, in 2020.
Speaking with Mazda’s General Manager of Global Sales and Marketing, Yasuhiro Aoyama, Motoring.com.au was unable to get Aoyama to confirm the existence of the projects. But, Aoyama did foreshadow their possible debut.
“We celebrate the anniversary of rotary in 2017; 50 years. Then 2020 is the Olympics in Tokyo and the 100th anniversary of Mazda,” stated Aoyama after immediately saying a new rotary for 2017 would be a “very fantastic idea.”
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He also mentioned the Japanese company would “defy convention” in the future and highlighted the 2020 Olympics will bring international attention to everything Japanese.
The convention Aoyama spoke of could be the trend of other automakers to turn their high-performance offerings into hybrid models.
“We have our own definition of sports and our own definition of how to get Jinba Ittai, the oneness between car and driver – and we do not have to necessarily compete with segments or competitors,” he said.
“We won’t follow them just for the sake of it.
“We are indifferent to the successes that our rivals are making; we need to make our own success and forge our own way forward.”