CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 9, 2016
Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market.
Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage,with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews.
What happened in the week ending December 9, 2016? Catch our video above, and links to the full stories below.
THE WEEK IN NEWS:
The Mazda RX-Vision concept that stole the Tokyo motor show last November remains on the production slow-burn, with plans to make it for the road seemingly still in their infancy.
The gorgeous RX-Vision concept captured minds and hearts alike when it premiered six-months ago, while it also gave a glimpse at where Mazda was at with the rotary engine — its spiritual hallmark. Mazda called this update the SkyActiv-R engine
Mazda rotary engine production ceases: the end of an era
The last Mazda to use the famed but sadly doomed rotary engine rolled off the assembly line at the company's Hiroshima factory and headquarters in Japan last Friday bringing to a close the life of an extraordinary little powerplant.
"Production of the RX-8 will end, but the rotary engine will live on as an important part of Mazda's spirit," said Mazda president Takashi Yamanouchi.
Most Japanese car manufacturers have all found a way to differentiate themselves, Toyota has the reputation for producing bullet-proof cars (although that reputation may currently be slightly bruised), Subaru and Mitsubishi make all-wheel-drive rally inspired sportscars and Nissan makes the grand-daddy of them all, the Nissan GT-R.