Mazda’s latest trademark is raising a lot of questions, as the Japanese automaker has secured the MX-6 moniker in Japan.
Filed on October 16, the document, which was discovered by AutoGuide, it refers to “automobiles and parts and accessories thereof”.
Securing a nameplate doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll see a new product. Automakers often reserve different monikers to prevent competitors from using them. Of course, there’s a chance that Mazda might indeed be planning a new car, but only company insiders know what the deal is with the MX-6 and they haven’t disclosed anything.
In all likelihood, a new MX-6 won’t be rotary-powered, as the technology is still giving those in charge of the project a headache due to the stricter emission regulations. Plus, even if Mazda eventually launches a new rotary sports car, it will use the RX nameplate.
There are no plans for an electric sports car, either. Thus, enthusiasts can only hope for a two-door coupe, hopefully inspired by the RX Vision Concept, with a front-mounted ICE and rear-wheel drive.
The MX-6 used to be a front-wheel drive, two-door coupe produced by the Japanese firm in two generations. The first one was put together between 1987 and 1992, and the second one from 1991 until 1997. The original models were closely related to the Ford Probe, and didn’t meet the success of the MX-5 Roadster. Mazda pulled the plug some 21 years ago and hasn’t looked back at the nameplate since – at least until now.
Note: Mazda MX-6 pictured