Chief Engineer Tada visits the launch of Mazda Roadster 2016 (Miata MX5)
May 23, 2015
Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tadaof Toyota, the father of Toyota 86 (Scion FRS in the USA) and Subaru BRZ, attends the launch party for Mazda Roadster (MX5 Miata in the USA) and had some interesting things to say.
Of what I can translate in local context, here are the summary of what was written in this linked article.
There are rivalries of course, but all those who build sports cars out of passion are friends.
Japanese "sports car" builders shall build the culture and products as a single united community of enthusiasts.
With the launch of Honda Sports 600 and Mazda Roadster, this year will be an exciting one for Japanese sports car fans.
He's had previous contacts with folks at Mazda during the development, to which he claims that this car is built very well, and with accurate targets to what they've set as goals.
It's always much more of a challenge, and a risk to make a small sports car, and just as the Toyota 86, the Roadster is also full of ingenuity and clever methods and technologies.
And while he thinks of the Roadster as a rival to the 86, that he wishes the year 2015 to be a very good one for the single community that is the sports car enthusiasts.
AS for me, a presence and public acknowledgement of Chief Engineer from another automobile firm within Japanese competition is rather unprecedented and uncommon.
This really does embody the recent publicity theme by Toyota for automakers of Japan to unite, and become stronger as a whole though better relations and communications.
It also indicated Chief Engineer Tada's sheer joy of having more cars in the compact sports car segment that will accompany the Toyota 86 (and Subaru BRZ).
For all of us automobile fans, it's really something we should be happy about, that the type of cars we love most, are starting to become available again from Japan, and perhaps influence other car companies to join with more future products from around the globe, just as happened in the 1960's through the 1980's.