Mazda Motor Corporation has developed a "Shock Cone Aluminium Hood [bonnet]," which has an all-new impact-absorbing structure aimed at enhancing pedestrian protection. Compared to conventional framed aluminium bonnets, this new structure has the potential to significantly reduce the severity of head injuries that can result when a pedestrian is struck by a car. The all-new bonnet will be used on the new RX-8 sports coupe due to appear in showrooms this spring, and will be gradually incorporated into other Mazda products.