Mazda RX-Vision is named “Most Beautiful Concept Car” at 2016 Festival Automobile International

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 29, 2016

The 31st Festival Automobile International has named the Mazda RX-Vision as the “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year.” An instant celebrity at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the Mazda RX-Vision is a rotary-powered sports car concept donning elegant proportions and awe-inspiring lines.

Fellow nominees for the “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year” award included the Bentley Exp10 Speed 6, Peugeot Fractal and Porsche Mission E. The award is given to the concept vehicle that best conveys unsullied design creativity and emerging trends. It is considered as one of four grand prizes at the Festival Automobile International.

The winning concept car is selected by a jury of experts and enthusiasts from the world of motorsports, architecture, fashion and design. This accolade was accepted by Ikuo Mazda’s international design chief Ikuo Maeda; Mazda’s European design director Kevin Rice; Mazda North America design director Julien Montousse; and Mazda designer Norihito Iwao.

Mazda's global design division already won three accolades at Automotive Brand Contest 2015 in September last year, including the much-coveted “Team of the Year” award. This concept is an epitome of futuristic vision that only Mazda could deliver.

It indicates the carmaker’s determination to keep on delivering technologies that exemplify its challenger spirit while defying conventions. This visionary concept is an interpretation of Mazda's "KODO: Soul of Motion" design philosophy, as evidenced by its smooth-flowing proportions that convey both performance and Mazda's heritage of building front engine, rear-wheel drive sports cars.

It features a low bonnet, thanks to the compactness of its rotary engine. Mazda's RX-Vision concept will be part of the Festival Automobile International’s concept car exhibition in Paris, France at the Hôtel National des Invalides until January 31.

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MAZDA RX-VISION NAMED MOST BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT

The Mazda RX-VISION has been awarded “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year” at the 31st Festival Automobile International. First revealed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda’s striking rotary-powered sports car concept wowed crowds at its global debut with its exquisitely proportioned dimensions and stunning lines.

Representing a ‘vision’ of the future that could only come from Mazda, RX-VISION expresses Mazda’s determination to continue delivering convention-defying technology, that exemplifies Mazda’s challenger spirit.

A truly striking rendition of its KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy, the smooth-flowing proportions scream performance while paying tribute to Mazda’s rich heritage of front engine, rear-wheel drive sports cars. Indeed, the rotary powertrain’s compactness makes characteristics like the low bonnet possible.

Nominated alongside the Bentley Exp10 Speed 6, Peugeot Fractal and Porsche Mission E at this year’s Festival Automobile International, it was the Mazda RX-VISION that was named “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year”. Mazda’s international design chief, Ikuo Maeda accepted the award Tuesday evening together with Kevin Rice, Mazda’s European design director, Julien Montousse, his counterpart at Mazda North America, and Mazda designer Norihito Iwao.

This latest recognition is another honour for Mazda’s global design division, which took home three prizes in September at the Automotive Brand Contest 2015 including the prestigious “Team of the Year” award.

The RX-VISION will be on display at the Festival Automobile International’s concept car exhibition in Paris at the Hôtel National des Invalides until 31 January. The concept award goes to the vehicle that best embodies pure design creativity and emerging trends. It is one of four grand prizes at the annual event, with the winners chosen by a jury of experts and enthusiasts from the world of motorsports, architecture, fashion and design.

Mazda RX-VISION: Selected specifications

Seating capacity 2
Overall length x width x height (mm) 4,389 x 1,925 x 1,160
Wheelbase (mm) 2,700
Engine SKYACTIV-R
Powertrain layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Tyre size (front / rear) 245/40 R20 / 285/35 R20
Wheel size (front / rear) 20 x 9.5J / 20 x 11J

Topics: mazda, concept, coupe

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