In fact, the real surprise at this year's show were two rotary engines from Toyo Kogyo and Isuzu. Toyo Kogyo, is known to have been developing the Wankel engine under a licence for some time. At the show two prototype engines, a 400 c.c. of 35 b.h.p. and a tandem twin-cylinder 800 c.c. of 70 b.h.p. were displayed, together with a blueprint of a sports Coupé designed to be equipped with the rotary engines. The Toyo Kogyo engines seem to follow faithfully the NSU-Wankel system. The prototype car with this engine is said to be undergoing road-test at present and they have every intention to put it into series-production.
A last-minute arrival at the show was the Mazda Luce saloon from Toyo Kogyo of Hiroshima. It is a compact 4-5-seater four-door saloon and the very attractive body was designed by Bertone. The engine is a four-cylinder; capacity either 1,000 c.c. or 1,500 c.c. Production starts, they say, in the middle of the next year.