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Mazda to showcase 17 tuned-up exhibits at Tokyo Auto Salon 2006
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 12:06am

Mazda Motor Corporation will display a New Mazdaspeed Concept RX-8 (non Turbo) fitted with a new 'Mazdaspeed Package,' along with a tantalizing lineup of other customized and tuned vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2006 with NAPAC. This event will be held at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba Prefecture from January 13 to 15, 2006. From customized versions of the All-New MPV, to the All-New Miata, and other cars in the Mazda line-up will share the spotlight with the RX-8.

The philosophy behind the Mazdaspeed brand is to provide safe cars that respond to the diverse needs of our customers, yet also contribute to a thriving motoring community. At this year's salon, three sports cars represent Mazda's experience and know-how about what constitutes "totally coordinated tuning." Mazda performed full computer analysis of the body and running tests on these models. We also took advantage of the expertise that only auto manufacturer's possess in mastering the base models' production - maximizing the strong points, retaining reliability and durability, and ramping up the performance and body stiffness.

Mazda RX-8 KENSTYLE (with planned production accessories) Combining the thrill of the sports car with everyday user-friendly qualities, the well-known brand KENSTYLE has produced a tuned-up RX-8 model. With the elegant "luxurious sports" concept that governed its customization, this version of the RX-8 features evolved styling and quality that is fitting of the label "premium sports."

Mazda RX-8 NR-A (with production accessories)
The NR-A specification model has been a participant in the annual RX-8 Party Race that has been held since 2004. The RX-8 Type S boasts a rollcage and seatbelts integrated as safety equipment, with a large radiator and unique oil cooler also installed as race equipment.

Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE (reference exhibit)
Leasing of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE (rotary engine) is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2006. The RENESIS rotary engine mounted on the Mazda RX-8 was modified to host a dual-fuel system that uses onboard hydrogen and gasoline, injecting hydrogen gas directly into the engine via an electronic control unit embedded in the rotor housing. With onboard gasoline and high-pressure hydrogen gas tanks, the four-passenger base model is unchanged, providing practicality and lots of cabin space. Hydrogen engines boast zero CO2 emissions, and minimal generation of nitrous oxides (NO2), making for a very eco-friendly vehicle. And yet there is almost no difference in the driving feel when compared to a car with an internal combustion engine. Not only is it quite reliable, but the RX-8 Hydrogen RE also uses existing engine parts and production equipment, so it is commercially viable at a low cost.

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