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Design chief admits two-seat, rotary-powered RX-7 has been drawn up

Mazda wants to make sportier cars and a new RX-7 is on the drawing board, the company's new design boss has revealed to Autocar.

Speaking on the eve of tomorrow's Tokyo motor show, Ikuo Maeda told Autocar that he has done sketches of an RX-7 replacement and is keen to push through a new two-seater sports car.

"We really want to have an RX-7 and if the market allows us to build it we will have it ready," he said.

Maeda gave strong hints that he is currently pursuading other senior Mazda bosses to give the new sports car the green light.

Maeda also revealed that a new RX-7 would be a two-seater and would likely be powered by a rotary engine, like all of its predecessors.

Maeda also wants to rejuvinate the entire Mazda line-up, and is focusing on attracting "enthusiastic" customers and pushing the brand upmarket by addressing the quality of the company's interiors.

The first fruits of the Maeda's thinking is likely to be seen in a concept car shown next year.

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blowerbentley 20 October 2009

Re: Mazda reveals new RX-7 plans

Wankel engine = high CO2 = bad idea.

Bluepob 20 October 2009

Re: Mazda reveals new RX-7 plans

A modern Mazda interior is no worse and in some cases a damn site better than their rivals.

AwakeSpectator 20 October 2009

Re: Mazda reveals new RX-7 plans

Good news, I guess. What would be even better is if the sketches bear resemblance with RX8 rather than MX5.