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Mazda is Set to Put on One Hell of a Showing at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon

Mazda is Set to Put on One Hell of a Showing at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon

Spoiler – These mean machines will leave you drooling

Mazda seems to be on a roll these days. After attending auto shows all across the globe, the Japanese automaker finally returns to its homeland with a variety of models that it plans to unveil at the Tokyo Auto Salon next month. Can it spin the same magic and continue the good form here?

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A Production Version of the 2016 Mazda RX-Vision Concept Isn't Ruled Out Quite Yet

A Production Version of the 2016 Mazda RX-Vision Concept Isn’t Ruled Out Quite Yet

Mazda Electric Sports Car With a Rotary Engine Range Extender?

Ikuo Maeda Mazda Design boss said “When it is decided as a brand that we need a sports car, that’s when we will produce the car. As you know, we already have the MX-5. If we need a more premium sports car, then we need to have a serious think about it.” So yes, the production version of the Mazda RX-Vision Concept still isn’t out of the question, but Mazda is basically saying that people have to be ready to give some proper money for it. I am talking about $50,000+ here.

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2017 Mazda Vision Coupe Concept

2017 Mazda Vision Coupe Concept

Is Mazda entering the full-size market?

Mazda has had quite a few good years since 2012, introducing not only a very appealing design language but also a solid lineup of crossovers and SUVs. In addition, it came up with two wild Vision concepts, one that pays tribute to the Le Mans-winning 787B and one that previews a successor to the iconic RX-7 and a new-generation rotary engine. But it appears that the Japanese firm isn’t stopping here. At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled the Vision Coupe, a sleek four-door that may become the company’s larger sedan yet.

Based on the RX-Vision design-wise, the Vision Coupe is unlike any other Mazda we’ve seen on the road. Not only larger than the Mazda 6, it also has a decidedly sporty attitude and a coupe-like roof that reminds of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the car that started this whole trend. And while there’s no official word on what Mazda will do with this concept, a full-size sedan is very likely in the future. With Mazda having offered such a model for only a few years in the 1980s and 1990s (remember the 929?), a full-size sedan would be a big deal for the Japanese automaker. But until we find out more about that, let’s take a closer look at Mazda’s most exciting sedan yet.

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2017 Mazda Kai

2017 Mazda Kai

A sexy hatch for the next generation

Welcome to the future! Well, we’re not there quite yet, but the Mazda Kai Concept is essentially a quick look into the crystal ball that exposes the future of Mazda vehicles. Unlike Mazda’s “Vision” concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the Kai is something that Mazda could actually make some in the near future. It could even possibly represent the next-gen Mazda3 hatchback – a model that will be due for replacement in the next three to four years anyway. So, what does it bring to the table? Try stunning looks, aggressive lines, sleek curves, and the SkyActiv-X powertrain that’s expected to propel the Mazda brand into the next decade. Meanwhile, the interior gets a toned down look with accents in just the right places, a display screen that’s as wide as the day is long, and a cabin that emphasizes space as much as it does the car’s sporty prowess.

So, will Mazda turn this into the next-gen Mazda3 Hatch? Well, it’s certainly too early to tell since the third-gen model was just revamped for the 2017 model year. So, by the time 2020 get here, we could see a production prototype of that bad boy tearing up the streets with the usual pre-production camo and cloud of mystery floating above it. But, until that happens, let’s take a closer look at this concept, talk some more about it, and speculate a bit about what it could become in the future.

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Mazda has a lot Planned for the Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda has a lot Planned for the Tokyo Motor Show

New concepts and a fresh peak at that Skyactiv-X!

As Mazda strives to lower its CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy, a new breed of Mazda vehicle and engine is about to be unleashed, and it’s something you need to pay attention to. The scene is the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, and the vision involves not one, but two new-gen concept vehicles that will debut next to the very engine that will propel the future vehicles they represent. Little is known about either at this time, but it’s probably safe to assume that Mazda isn’t going to let us down. So far, the brand has released a set of teasers to go along with shots of its new Skyativ-X engine. And, sorry folks, that Skyactiv-X isn’t the rotary engine we’ve all been begging for, but it’s still pretty cool.

So, what does Mazda have on its plate for us in Tokyo? Well, keep reading to find out more and hear a few predictions.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution

2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution

Last year’s barchetta-style Miata loses weight, gets new paint job

At the 2015 SEMA Show, Mazda wowed the MX-5 Miata fanbase with the Speedster Concept. Essentially a barchetta-style interpretation of the roadster, the Speedster Concept also showcased a more aggressive exterior and performance-enhancing chassis components on top of being significantly lighter than the standard MX-5. The vehicle was a hit with Miata enthusiasts, but the Speedster never made it into production, Mazda instead opting to launch the targa-roof RF model. A year has passed since the Speedster Concept made its official debut and it appears that Mazda didn’t quite abandon the idea, creating an improved version for the 2016 SEMA Show.

Dubbed MX-5 Speedster Evolution, the new concept is exactly what the name describes: a revised variant of the previous barchetta-style Miata. Following last year’s SEMA Show, the MX-5 Speedster went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and then returned to Mazda Design Americas, where the team that created it experimented to see just how much lighter they could make it.

Mazda shaved an additional 100 pounds from the first concept, which accounts for a total of 350 pounds — or 15 percent — from the original MX-5 soft-top model. The Speedster Evolution now tips the scales at 1,980 pounds, making it the lightest road-legal MX-5 based on the current generation model. The new concept was also inspired by the MX-5 Global Cup race car, receiving features otherwise not available for street use. Needless to say, this is a pretty package and an exciting prospect as far as future production models go.

“With MX-5 Speedster Evolution, our goal was to further deliver the essence of what MX-5 has represented for the past 27 years — lightweight engineering and pure driving joy,” said Design Manager Ken Saward, the man who headed the project. “In the future, we might see if there is anywhere else we could take out weight.

Updated 11/01/2016: Mazda unveiled the new MX-5 Speedster Evolution concept at the 2016 SEMA Show.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Kuro

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Kuro

Activating stealth bomber mode on the best-looking ND MX-5 to date

When Mazda pulled the sheets on the MX-5 RF back in March, I’m pretty sure the U.S. Geological Survey picked up a few tremors caused by worldwide jaw dropping. Adding an absolutely gorgeous retractable fastback roof to the already supremely excellent fourth-gen ND MX-5 was an inspired move on Mazda’s part, as evidenced by the fact all 1,000 examples of the Launch Edition were scooped up just a week after going on sale. Now, with SEMA just around the corner, the zoom-zoom brand is giving us a peek at a new concept based on the 2017 MX-5 RF, and it looks to take the new styling even further with a fresh paint job, new wheels, and upgraded suspension. Say hello to the Kuro.

While the Kuro is certainly one of the milder creations slated to appear on the Vegas show floor this November, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. The name is a reference to the car’s color, with the Japanese word Kuro translating into English as “black” or “dark.” Mazda says it means charcoal, so I guess I’ll default to that.

The Kuro joins the MX-5 Speedster concept as part of Mazda’s SEMA lineup this year, with the latter vehicle bearing a stripped-down curb weight and motorsport-inspired approach. By contrast, the Kuro seems more focused on achieving a certain aesthetic, although it should be noted the fastback still gets a little extra performance under the skin.

Both concepts come from the brains over at Mazda Design Americas, and were designed and built in Irvine, California. Look for the Mazda concepts to make their formal public debut at the 2016 SEMA Show on November 1st, but for now, read on for a little more info on the Kuro.

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2016 Mazda Roadster RS Racing Concept

2016 Mazda Roadster RS Racing Concept

2015 may be over soon, but 2016 is just around the corner and so are next big automotive events of the year, the Detroit Auto Show and the Tokyo Auto Salon. While the former will mark the introduction of several new vehicles for the U.S. market, the latter will showcase an array of exciting concept cars, one of which is the Mazda Roadster RS Racing.

Although the name might suggest I’m talking about a brand-new model, the RS Racing concept is actually based on the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata. Having already spawned the Spyder and Speedster concepts we saw at the 2015 SEMA in November, the Miata will take a slightly different form in Tokyo, where it will share features with Racing concepts based on the CX-3 crossover and the Mazda6 sedan.

Details are absent as of this writing, as Mazda only released a few photos of the show car. But, info should become available as soon as the Tokyo Auto Salon opens its doors, so make sure you stick around for the full rundown. Meanwhile, have a look below to learn what we already know about this roadster.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Spyder Concept

2016 Mazda MX-5 Spyder Concept

The Mazda MX-5 has always been pretty clear about what it is. Mazda’s modern-day homage to the classic British roadster has been a single-minded vehicle since its inception, and not prone to being watered down by committee design. Just the same, Mazda has elected to take the MX-5 “back to its roots” with a pair of modified cars at this year’s SEMA show.

The MX-5 Spyder is the more genteel of Mazda’s two show roadsters. With this car, Mazda has taken the classic-roadster link as far as it possibly can, adding vintage touches like bespoke leather and artistic detailing to remind viewers of the British, Italian and Japanese sports cars from sports-racing’s heyday. The MX-5 remains the closest modern car to the classic open-air motoring experience, with lightweight construction and minimalist styling. The MX-5 Spyder has been lightened compared to the production car, and features unique exterior details as well.

Updated 11/04/2015: Mazda displayed the MX-5 Spyder concept, along with its companion the MX-5 Speedster, at its booth at the 2015 SEMA show.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Concept

2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Concept

The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is so new that it barely arrived in U.S. dealerships. Between its official U.S. launch in November 2014 and on-sale date, however, Mazda introduced no fewer than three iterations of the sporty roadster. The MX-5 Cup Racecar broke cover at the 2014 SEMA Show, the Accessories Design Concept surfaced at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, and the MX-5 RS arrived as a Japan-only model in early 2015. With 2016 just around the corner, Mazda has announced plans to showcase two more concept cars at the 2015 SEMA Show, one of which is the MX-5 Speedster.

Mazda describes the concept car as a "vastly different take on the fourth-generation MX-5," adding that its designers "wanted to see what they could do if that idea was taken to the extreme."

Even though it’s by no means extreme, the Speedster is an intriguing concept car that received enough aftermarket parts and modifications to be worthy of an event such as the SEMA Show. At 2,080 pounds, it’s also no fewer than 252 pounds lighter than the standard model, which, coupled with its race-inspired looks, makes it the perfect weekend track toy.

Updated 11/03/2015: Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Speedster Concept at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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2016 Mazda RX-VISION Concept

2016 Mazda RX-VISION Concept

Mazda’s highly anticipated sports car concept has been unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, confirming that the Japanese automaker is set to not only revive the RX nameplate, but also bring a mass-produced rotary engine to the market. Dubbed RX-VISION concept, the sleek looking sports car previews the fourth-generation RX-7 and the brand’s next-generation rotary engine.

Though Mazda’s press release for the RX-VISION concept was rather brief, our friends over at Top Gear managed to obtain more details from Kiyoshi Fujiwara — the company’s head of R&D — who confirmed that the production car will indeed wear the RX-7 badge.

“Will it be called RX-9? Well, all previous RX-7s have been two or 2+2 seaters and the RX-8 was a four-seater, so what would that make RX-9? A six-seater? This concept is a two-seater so you can imagine which number fits best,” he said.

Fujiwara also divulged precious information about the next-generation SkyActiv-R rotary engine, the car’s curb weight, and the segment the production model will compete in, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.

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Mazda Confirms New Sports Car Concept Will Have Rotary Engine

Mazda Confirms New Sports Car Concept Will Have Rotary Engine

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is just around the corner, and even though the event will be packed with dozens of interesting concepts, all eyes are on Mazda’s new two-door sports car, — rumored to preview the next-generation RX-7. As if Mazda’s teaser depicting a hot looking coupe wasn’t interesting enough, the Japanese brand tuned it to confirm that the concept car, as well as the upcoming production model, will be powered by a new-generation rotary engine.

"People think rotary can not meet modern Eco demands. The SkyActiv engineers worked on rotary and have it cutting edge tech. It is an essential part of our DNA and it just be passed onto future engineers. It is synonymous with the brand. Some time in the future it will return and be called SkyActiv-R," Kiyoshi Fujiwara, Mazda’s head of research and development told Autocar.

The brand didn’t say whether this new sports car will mark the return of the RX nameplate, but CEO Masamichi Kogai described the new concept as a "pure sports car design," which hints toward the RX-7.

"We have MX-5 and another icon that is a rotary sports car. We haven’t talked about market reach but this would be in that segment," he said, adding that the concept "represents our dream, but we don’t want it to be a dream too long."

Keep it locked here for more details on Mazda’s new sports car concept, which is about to break cover at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.

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Mazda To Unveil A New Sport Car Concept In Tokyo, Could It Be The RX-7?

Mazda To Unveil A New Sport Car Concept In Tokyo, Could It Be The RX-7?

Having just unveiled the Koeru concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mazda has announced yet another premier for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October. This time around though, the Japanese will launch a concept car that previews a future sports car.

"Mazda’s latest creation clearly embodies the carmaker’s lineage. Designers strove to condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible into this concept," is all Mazda had to say about the new concept, while releasing a shadowy teaser of a slick coupe.

Though I can’t see any details below the waist, the concept is obviously a full-fledged grand tourer employing a long engine hood, a sloping roof, and a short rear deck. The vehicle also features a pair of taillights placed high into the rear fascia, a detail that seems borrowed from the RX-7. Down below, a pair of big, round exhaust tips are visible, suggesting the grand tourer will pack a powerful engine.

Even though there’s no official confirmation as of yet, it seems as if Mazda is finally working on a closed-top sports car to fill the gap the brand has in its lineup since it discontinued the RX-8 in 2012. But will this new vehicle be a spiritual successor to the RX-8 or another sports car from Mazda’s past?

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2016 Mazda Koeru

2016 Mazda Koeru

In recent years, Mazda has redesigned nearly its entire lineup of vehicles, giving them a fresh look through the KODO design language, and a range of fuel-efficient SkyActiv engines. However, the CX-9 SUV has soldiered on virtually unchanged since 2006, remaining the only survivor of Mazda’s partnership with Ford. At the same time, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 was discontinued in 2012 due to poor sales. While the CX-9 is most certainly in for a refresh soon, the CX-7 could return in the lineup.

At least that’s what Mazda’s new concept, launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, suggests.

Dubbed Koeru, which is Japanese for "exceed" or "go beyond," the concept is described as the brand’s "latest venture into the growing crossover SUV market, where the company is again looking to surpass existing standards and raise the bar for performance, efficiency and overall value."

Though there’s no official word as to what production model this crossover previews, it looks a lot like a midsize SUV. Or the exact same type of vehicle Mazda didn’t offer since the CX-7 was phased out three years ago.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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