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Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50, RX-8 recalled for Takata airbags: 162,000 vehicles affected

The string of Takata airbag recalls this week continues with Mazda issuing notices for over 162,000 vehicles, including the popular Mazda 2 small car, B Series and BT-50 utes, and the RX-8 sports car. Adding to the Chrysler and Mitsubishi recalls this week, and the Subaru recall issued last week, this latest notice adds to the wider Takata airbag scandal that has affected close to 60 million vehicles globally...

Mazda CEO rules out rotary engine sports car

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai has officially ruled out a rotary engine-powered RX halo car for the Hiroshima-based car maker. In a chat with Automotive News, Kogai said: "We don't have that kind of vehicle in our future product plan". Kogai reasons that, as a small mainstream car maker, "if you increase the number of segments, then the resources we can allocate to each will decline and that will prevent us from developing truly good products"...

Mazda RX-8 spirit lives on

Mazda will double its final production run of the Japan-only Mazda RX-8 Spirit R limited edition to commemorate the car's nine years of service coming to an end in June. The rotary-engined RX-8 Spirit R features bigger brakes, red calipers, leather-wrapped steering wheel, hand brake lever and shift-knob, and piano-black trim highlights on the transmission tunnel...

Mazda RX-8: rotary sports car spinning into history

Time is fast running out if you want to buy a brand new rotary-powered sports car, with just a handful of Mazda RX-8 coupes left in Australia before Japanese production ends in June. Mazda Australia says availability is now extremely limited, and the company has even dropped the RX-8 from its official website...

Mazda rotary shock: MX-5 and RX-8 could merge

The global boss of Mazda has made a stunning revelation at the 2011 Tokyo motor show that the company could merge its MX-5 roadster and RX-8 replacement into one single sports car. Takashi Yamanouchi told a small group of Australian journalists at the show that a rotary-powered MX-5 is also a possibility for the future as Mazda considered its options for its trademark piston-less powerplant...

Mazda RX-8 Spirit R to signal end of RX-8 production

One of Japans' most iconic cars, the Mazda RX-8, is set to finish up production by June next year, with details of the special edition run-out model announced last week. The Mazda RX-8 Spirit R, takes its name from the final edition of the model's prequel, the Mazda RX-7 Spirit R and comes with a range of additional exterior and interior features...

RX-8 is RIP: Has Mazda Killed the Rotary?

Cue the Priest and the Last Rites for the venerable Mazda RX-8 sports car, because the company pulled the pin on its production in July, and the car will not be sold beyond 2011. The reason? flagging global sales and tightening global emissions standards. It was pulled from sale in Europe last year after failing to meet emissions regs...

Mazda RX-8 SP repaired and ready for Targa High Country event

At this year's Targa Tasmania, Australia's only factory-backed rotary Mazda race car was forced out of the event after colliding with a competitor's car. The Mazda RX-8 SP has been fixed though and is ready to return to racing. It will compete at the all-new upcoming Targa High Country race event in November...

Mazda RX-8 SP to use E85 petrol at Targa Tasmania rally

Mazda Australia will run its turbocharged Mazda RX-8 SP on E85 ethanol blend fuel at the upcoming Targa Tasmania rally. As the event moves to encourage more eco-friendly themes, alternate fuels such as E85 have allowed the team at Mazda Motorsport to power its rotary engine rally car on the low-emitting blend...

Mazda RX-8 SP set for Targa Tasmania return in 2010

Mazda Australia is eyeing off a podium finish with its RX-8 SP as it plans a return to Targa Tasmania next year. On its debut at this year's Targa Tasmania, amid a field of powerful and expensive rally exotica, the turbocharged Mazda Motorsport RX-8 SP finished an impressive 10th outright at the hands of expert racing driver and 2008 Targa Champion Steve Glenney...

Mazda RX-8 replacement to evolve current design

As Mazda prepares its next-generation RX-8 reports are leaking through that the design will be more evolutionary than revolutionary. With the model's seventh birthday fast approaching the team at Mazda are hurrying to finalise the product in time to compete with such new comers as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and newly announced Toyota FT-86...

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