• Jan 8, 2008
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Mazda held a traditional sending off ceremony yesterday for its first shipment of vehicles to leave its headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan in the new year. This is done at the beginning of every year and all the big execs come out to watch new vehicles like the Mazda2 and CX-7 get loaded onto a shipping vessel and whisked away to markets abroad. Rotarynews.com, however, noticed something particularly interesting in the photos of the event that Mazda released. Decorated in balloons and streamers is a Mazda RX-8 Convertible, a version of the RX-8 that doesn't technically exist and which we've never seen before. Its duties appear to be parade-like in nature, slowly transporting two execs around a parking lot who are seen standing up on the back seat and holding onto a crossbar. It's probably just a one-off vehicle that was made for occasions like this, but at least you now know that an RX-8 Convertible does exist and that it can be done. Thanks for the tip, Walter!

[Source: Mazda, Rotarynews.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Dig the white gloves!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who's that on the right?

      Looks like Ron Dennis!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This has been seen years ago. It was used at a different parade before.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i just wish the Mazda2 was on its way to American shores...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really believe that its one of those loaned vehicles to Mazda by a private party for events such as this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For a company that makes zoom zoom, it looked like a after dinner sing-along at a retirement home.

      For PR purposes, Mazda did themselves a huge disservice. C'mon, hire some models to pose with the car. Now I can't dissassociate the RX-8 from a box of Depends!
      • 7 Years Ago
      future popemobile?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i don't know how to feel about this. I don't like convertibles but that car is calling me like the ex-lover that haunts your thoughts.

      Its too bad the Miata exists. A great car, no doubt, but it probably negates the possibilty of an RX-8 convertible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      uhm..
      i have two questions:
      1) what happened to the rear doors??
      do they still open or are they fixed - they must be fixed, if not, what's the point when you have that rollbar??
      2) what's with the japanese?? do all execs wear white gloves on parades or does the car come with body coloured gloves??
      i'm really confused, sorry.
      by the way, hello everybody :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guess they had to keep a bit rollbar on the thing to keep the B-pillar for the suicide door structure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome! It's the new Segway Duo RX-8!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This photo has some hilarious photoshopping potential.