Riding an extended wave of success into 2016, Mazda has brought two special highlights to Geneva – the Mazda RX-VISION, an award-winning rotary sports car concept, and the lowest-emission Mazda3 yet to be offered in Europe – alongside its complete European model line-up.
Brimming with pure sports car style, the RX-VISION concept making its European debut in Geneva is the brand’s latest visualisation of an exhilarating driving machine. Featuring a unique interpretation of Mazda’s KODO design philosophy, which aims to capture the very soul of motion even when the vehicle is stationary, the RX-VISION’s ground-hugging shape is only possible because of the compact nature of its SKYACTIV-R rotary engine. Named Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year in January at the Festival Automobile International in Paris, the RX-VISION demonstrates Mazda’s commitment to lightweight rear-wheel drive sports car perfection as well as rotary power.
The carmaker has also added its most frugal engine – the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 – to the powertrain line-up of its stunning Mazda3 compact. Featuring extreme compression like all SKYACTIV engines, the 77kW/105PS clean diesel puts out 270Nm of maximum torque with combined cycle fuel consumption of only 3.8l/100km and CO2 emissions under 100g/km*. New on the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, which is currently offered with the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda2, is a “Natural Sound Smoother” that further subdues diesel knocking by absorbing vibrations at the pistons. Already available in right-hand drive markets, this new Mazda3 version is slated to go on sale in the rest of Europe in spring.