The Mazda MX-Flexa Concept

Take a step into the future at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live next month when Mazda displays two head-turning concept cars, hinting at possible future designs for Mazda cars. The concepts are joined on the Mazda stand by the range of award winning production models, from the stunning Mazda RX-8 sports coupé and the stylish Mazda6 to the new and dynamic Mazda3 and the practical and fun Mazda2.

Heading the impressive line-up is the Mazda MX-Flexa people carrier concept, joined by the stylish Mazda Kusabi, a small, lightweight, diesel-powered sports car concept, on the Mazda stand 4540, situated in Hall 4 at the NEC Birmingham from 27 May to 6 June 2004.

The Mazda MX-Flexa makes its UK debut following great interest at its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Boasting ample cabin space the Mazda MX-Flexa seats six in comfort. The rear two rows of seats fold neatly into the cabin with space to store a mountain bike fully upright, ideal for those family activity weekends.

The Mazda Kusabi is a true design concept that showcases Mazda’s efforts to further develop innovative access systems, packaging solutions and its own, unique design language. The Kusabi clearly indicates Mazda's current direction in its effort to expand its future presence in the B-car segment.

Joining the concept cars on the Mazda stand will be future technology displays including a hydrogen rotary concept engine as well as the RENESIS engine exhibit which shows how the rotary engine works. PlayStation2 interactive consoles feature on the stand as well as several interactive walls highlighting the features of the award-winning current Mazda product line-up.

As winner of 23 international awards, it is easy to see why Mazda RX-8 sales have reached nearly 5,000 units in the UK since launch in October last year. The striking yet practical sports coupé design coupled with the unique 1.3-litre twin rotary engine has certainly struck a chord with UK buyers.

The Mazda RX-8 is a true four seater with its freestyle rear-hinged back doors, which when closed become an integral part of the sleek and stylish coupé design leaving no external clues that the rear doors exist. With these unique features the Mazda RX-8, available with either a 192ps or 231ps RENESIS rotary engine is a car that everyone is talking about.

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Published : 30/04/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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