Mazda RX-8 Wins 2004 RJC Car of The Year
Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 19, 2003 - (JCN Newswire) - Mazda Motor Corporation's
four-door, four-seater rotary sports Mazda RX-8, launched in
April this year, was named '2004 RJC Car of The Year' with the RENESIS
rotary engine that powers the RX-8 also named '2004 RJC Technology of
The Year.' The selection was held on November 18 at a ceremony hosted by
the Automotive Researchers' & Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC).
Mazda wins the RJC Car of The Year award for the second consecutive
year, following the Mazda Atenza (known as 'Mazda6' in overseas
To be eligible for the prestigious 2004 RJC Car of The Year award, cars
must be manufactured in Japan with a planned annual production of over
5000 units and launched between November 1, 2002 and October 31, 2003.
19 new models were in the running for this year's award that was judged
by a panel of 74 RJC members.
Powered by the "RENESIS" -- naturally-aspirated new generation rotary --
the RX-8 is an entirely new type of sports car that features distinctive
sports car styling and excellent performance while providing ample
interior space for four adults through technological invention,
including the compact and yet high performance RENESIS. Since its launch
in April this year, sales volume up to the end of October reached 13,000
units, well exceeding its original target.
The rotary engine performs the four processes of intake, compression,
combustion, and exhaust in succession by turning a triangular-shaped
rotor in the cocoon-shaped combustion chamber to generate power. In
comparison with the reciprocating engine, it excels in features such as
"compact size and light weight," "flat torque performance," and "less
vibration and low noise." Through the introduction of innovative
technologies for the rotary engine such as the use of "side-exhaust and
side-intake ports" and the new sequential dynamic air intake system, the
RENESIS delivers a high power output for a naturally aspirated engine.
In addition, the engine demonstrates significantly improved fuel economy
and reduced emissions when compared with previous rotaries.
Hisakazu Imaki, President and CEO of Mazda said, "The Mazda RX-8 is the
result of Mazda's spirit of challenge and carries Mazda's soul under its
hood - it embodies "Zoom-Zoom" -- love of motion felt as a child - to
the fullest. Receiving these two great awards this year gives us
incomparable confidence in our new direction of vehicle development and
passionate approach. Aiming to respond to these expectations, the entire
Mazda team continues to put a collective effort into creating
fun-to-drive, Zoom-Zoom products."
To date the RX-8 has been named 2003-2004 Japan Automotive Hall of Fame
Production Car of The Year, and the 2003-2004 Japan Car of The Year Most
Fun special award. In addition, the RENESIS, which powers the RX-8, was
named International Engine of the Year 2003.
RJC is a non-profit organization with membership consisting of
automotive journalists, leading academics, lawyers, and other
influential community members. Established in 1991, RJC carries out its
activities with the aim of 'contributing to the sound development of the
Japanese automotive industry through enthusiastic research and review.'
In line with this aim, every year the organization presents four awards:
'RJC Car of The Year,' 'RJC Import Car of The Year,' 'RJC Technology of
the Year,' and 'RJC Person of the Year.' The winner of each award is
selected based upon members' votes.
Outline of the Mazda RX-8
- Body type: four-door coupe
- Engine displacement: 654cc x 2
- Price range: 2,400,000 - 2,750,000 yen
Outline of RENESIS
Type Rotary engine, two-rotor, water-cooled/13B-MSP
Total Displacement 654cc x 2
Maximum Output 154kW (210PS)/7,200rpm 184kW (250PS)/8,500rpm
Maximum Torque 222Nm (22.6kg-m)/5,000rpm 216Nm (22.0kg-m)/5,500rpm
'91-'92 Award New Car of The Year
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'93-'94 Award Technology of the Year Miller-Cycle engine (Eunos 800)
'96-'97 Award New Car of The Year Mazda Demio
'00-'01 Award Special Award: Best Mini Van Mazda MPV
'01-'02 Award Special Award: Advanced Design Mazda RX-7 R-Spec.
'02-'03 Award RJC Car of The Year Mazda Atenza
Mazda RX-8 Award Winning Status
(As of Nov. 19, 2003)
1. 2003 Good Design Award (G-mark) Oct. 1
2. 2003-2004 Japan Car of The Year: 10 Best Oct. 31
3. 2003-2004 Japan Automotive Hall of Fame: Production Car of The Year
4. 2003-2004 Japan Car of The Year: Most Fun special award Nov. 13
5. 2004 RJC Car of The Year Nov. 18
International Engine of The Year 2003* Jun. 4
*New generation rotary engine RENESIS, which powers the Mazda RX-8, won
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