Mazda revealed the RX-VISION to a huge crowd at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 2015. Its long, low bonnet and rearward seating position are typical of rear-wheel drive sports cars, and draw on Mazda’s history of driver-focussed vehicles.
Mazda shared the accolade with the Porsche Mission E. The pair fought off tough competition from the Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 and Peugeot Fractal. Judges for the concept award choose the vehicle that best exemplifies purity of creative design and emerging trends.
Four representatives of Mazda’s global design division were on hand at the gala event including Ikuo Maeda, the company’s international design chief, who accepted the award.
RX-VISION is the latest concept to come from Mazda and displays the most highly developed version of its ‘Kodo’ design language, as seen on a range of current production cars including Mazda 2, 3, 6, CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9.
Powered by the latest incarnation of Mazda’s rotary engine technology, SKYACTIV-R, the RX-VISION concept also adds credence to rumours of a rotary-engined production car returning to Mazda’s model line-up.
Many manufacturers employ concept cars to present a stylised preview of the company’s future design direction.