Mazda’s engineers are reportedly lobbying their corporate colleagues for the revival of more rear-wheel drive models, which would allow the brand to better differentiate itself from their direct rivals.
According to the report, the head honchos at Mazda are resistant to the idea, claiming high costs of redesigning its mainstream models make it difficult. That said, this could pave the way for partnerships with other manufacturers to increase the possibility. The first automaker of honorable mention being considered: Alfa Romeo.
Rumors have already suggested that Mazda is continuing its tradition of offering a rear-wheel driven rotary-powered sports car to continue their RX sports car heritage. However, the rest of Mazda’s lineup—aside from the MX-5 Miata—are completely front-wheel driven.
Though insiders within the company firmly believe that producing rear-wheel drive cars would be a new strategy to build more distinctive, fun to drive automobiles, that will be more reminiscent of Mazda’s corporate philosophy.