Last year, Mazda showcased the RX-Vision concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, which would have served as a direct replacement for the RX-8 and iconic RX-7 by 2020. In an interview with Automotive News though, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai, when asked about the company's plans for the United States, stated that no strategies are currently in place to introduce a sports car above the MX-5.
"I think that as a sports car option, the MX-5 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre conventional engine, with its power and acceleration, might be a more exhilarating experience," Kogai said.
He however admitted that the company has not abandoned plans to give on the rotary engine all together, saying, "If we were to restart production of the rotary engine again, we need to make sure it wouldn't be just short-lived. We need it to meet future emissions regulations. We are still conducting our R&D activity to overcome any issues we have with emissions and fuel efficiency".