Mazda’s design chief’s pet project is the next RX-8

Ikuo Maeda is the new design chief of Mazda Motor Corp and has a very interesting nickname – “Speedy.” Apparently he earned the nickname for his lead-footed driving on the race course and off that has gotten his license revoked twice.

Maeda originally designed the new body of the RX-8 but a generation before, his father designed the RX-8’s predecessor, the original RX-7. Maeda said that his pet project right now is the next-generation RX-7.

“I do have a strong yearning to revive the RX-7 during my tenure,” Maeda said. “But in order for that to happen, we need the U.S. economy to come back, first and foremost.”

It’s been previously reported that we can expect to see the RX-7 sometime next year. Its debut will mark the end of the slow-selling and expensive RX-8.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoWeek