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Mazda continues investment into rotary engines for ‘special characteristic’

Bringing back the iconic rotary engine is still a work in progress at Mazda, as the Japanese giant works to find the best way to use the unique internal combustion configuration while most manufacturers publicly focus their efforts on electric mobility...

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Mazda 'RX-9' mule spied
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Mazda 'RX-9' mule spied

A mule for a possible Mazda RX-9 has been spied outside the Nurburgring in Germany. At first glance, the mule appears to be a standard RX-8, but closer inspection reveals the vehicle has an assortment of temporary pipes hiding behind the front grille. There's also extra bracing around the front windscreen, as well as telemetry gear and other measurement equipment throughout the cabin...


Mazda: RX-9 not coming in 2020
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Mazda: RX-9 not coming in 2020

Mazda says it’s already too late to introduce a rotary sports car to celebrate its 100 year anniversary, as it seeks to firm up its financials before it dives head first into a halo product. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Tokyo motor show this week, Mazda’s director and senior managing executive officer of R&D, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, confirmed the reported 2020 timeline of the next-generation rotary sports car, first previewed by the RX-Vision in Tokyo two years ago, is now unlikely...


2018 Mazda 3 to be previewed in Tokyo
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2018 Mazda 3 to be previewed in Tokyo

Mazda has confirmed a pair of concept cars for the Tokyo motor show later this month, one likely previewing the next-generation Mazda 3 small car, and the other giving a glimpse of the company's next instalment of its 'Kodo' design language. The company says its theme for the 2017 event is "Celebrate Driving", hinting at the company's plans to continue offering fun-to-drive cars in the wake of the push for autonomous vehicles...


Mazda's new swan-wing door patent isn't exactly helping its 'no new sports car' claims
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Mazda's new swan-wing door patent isn't exactly helping its 'no new sports car' claims

A recent patent filed by Mazda has once again sparked rumours of a potential RX-9 rotary sports car - which could, some reports suggest, debut at this year's Tokyo motor show in October. (Even if Mazda's CEO claims no such car is happening...) The document details a door that opens out and upward, helping occupants to avoid hitting curbs in a low-riding car...


Mazda not working on sports car larger than the MX-5
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Mazda not working on sports car larger than the MX-5

Masamichi Kogai, CEO of Mazda, has stated that his company isn't currently working a sports car larger than the MX-5. During an interview with Automotive News, Kogai was asked if the company had plans for a "larger sports car entry", to which he simply stated no...


Mazda RX-9: successor to RX-7 hero due in 2020 - report
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Mazda RX-9: successor to RX-7 hero due in 2020 - report

The Mazda RX-9 and an accompanying next-generation rotary engine, dubbed SkyActiv-R, has reportedly been approved for production by the Japanese company's board. Japanese magazine Holiday Auto claims that in 2017 Mazda will debut a successor to the RX-7, which went out of production in 2002...


Mazda 'RX-9' still on the production backburner
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Mazda 'RX-9' still on the production backburner

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 still saying no to turbocharged performance cars
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Mazda still saying no to turbocharged performance cars

Mazda looks unlikely to expand the use of its brand new 2.5-litre turbocharged engine to models beyond the just-launched CX-9 crossover any time soon, though it says it would be entirely possible to do so. Adding weight to the idea of performance Mazdas beyond the MX-5, utilising its new turbo-petrol engine, is the admitted fact that key regions, not simply limited to Australia, are keen on any such vehicles...


Mazda RX rotary sportscar has a “definite” business case for Australia
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Mazda RX rotary sportscar has a “definite” business case for Australia

Mazda Australia says it can definitely make a business case for the next-generation RX vehicle, with the brand's local boss admitting a rotary-powered sports car is as much about making a brand statement as making money. “Definitely,” Mazda Australia CEO Martin Benders told CarAdvice at this week’s Tokyo motor show when asked if there was a business case for a new RX car...


Mazda SkyACTIV-R rotary engine: for RX sports car only; no platform sharing with MX-5
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Mazda SkyACTIV-R rotary engine: for RX sports car only; no platform sharing with MX-5

According to Mazda the development of it new SkyACTIV-R rotary engine will be strictly used for its top of the range RX sports car, which itself will use an entirely new platform instead of sharing that of the newly released MX-5. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Tokyo Motor Show today, Mazda’s global boss of R&D, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, confirmed the rotary engine is primarily for its range-topping sports car, however other applications are still possible...


Mazda SkyACTIV-R rotary engine: turbo inevitable, no electrification
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Mazda SkyACTIV-R rotary engine: turbo inevitable, no electrification

Mazda says the just announced rotary engine will first be introduced without any electrification, in order to showcase the company’s expertise in this field. Speaking to the Australian media at the Tokyo Motor Show today, Mazda’s global boss of R&D, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, said that any initial release of the rotary engine would be without electrification, though he admitted turbocharging is on the agenda...


Mazda RX-9 previewed with RX-Vision rotary concept at Tokyo motor show
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Mazda RX-9 previewed with RX-Vision rotary concept at Tokyo motor show

Perhaps the biggest unveiling at today's Tokyo motor show is the Mazda RX-VISION sports car concept, a rotary-engined concept which represents what we are likely to see from an upcoming Mazda RX-9. As reported yesterday, Mazda has confirmed that a next-generation rotary engine is currently in development, though the company hasn't given a firm timeline or any exact specifics as to the engine's availability or capability...


Mazda RX-9 all but assured as brand confirms rotary engine in the works
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Mazda RX-9 all but assured as brand confirms rotary engine in the works

Mazda has confirmed that it will bring back the rotary engine in the “not too distant future” as it sets to unveil a rotary concept at tomorrow’s Tokyo motor show, as we predicted a few months ago. Speaking to the media at a pre-motor show event in Tokyo tonight, the company’s global head of R&D Kiyoshi Fujiwara said that having a rotary powertrain was “synonymous with strengthening and maintaining the Mazda brand”...


Mazda sports car concept to debut at 2015 Tokyo motor show
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Mazda sports car concept to debut at 2015 Tokyo motor show

An all-new Mazda sports car concept will debut at the 2015 Tokyo motor show. As CarAdvice predicted recently, the new concept model - teased above - will feature a sleek coupe body and could well be a precursor to a new-generation rotary-powered coupe...


Mazda RX rotary sports car concept might emerge next month in Tokyo
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Mazda RX rotary sports car concept might emerge next month in Tokyo

Mazda has given one hell of a strong hint that it will begin talking in earnest about its long-speculated reborn rotary sports car at the Tokyo motor show next month. The mooted launch of a reborn Mazda RX sports car (some say to be called the RX-9) with a modernised rotary engine has long been a talking point surrounding the Japanese company...


Mazda RX-9 16X rotary to get laser ignition: report
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Mazda RX-9 16X rotary to get laser ignition: report

According to the latest international reports, Mazda's upcoming rotary sports car could feature laser ignition technology. This would replace the spark plug ignition system which is currently applied to every petrol car on the market. It's also a setup which has been around since 1860...


Mazda RX-9 rotary to get Toyota hybrid setup: report
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Mazda RX-9 rotary to get Toyota hybrid setup: report

According to a number of international reports, Mazda is currently developing the next-generation in its rotary-powered sports cars. Called the Mazda RX-9, inside word has it it will be powered by a hybrid rotary engine developed in part by Toyota. A report from Motor Trend in the US says the electric motor section of the hybrid setup could be borrowed from Toyota, thanks to an agreement signed by manufacturers last year...


Mazda RX-9 could use 1.6-litre 16X rotary engine
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Mazda RX-9 could use 1.6-litre 16X rotary engine

Mazda is revealing more details of what is likely to be the new Mazda RX-9 set to follow in the footsteps of the old Mazda RX-7. There's also more details revealed on the 16X engine, which is now well into the development stages. The new model will be a strict two-door coupe unlike the recent Mazda RX-8 four-door arrangement...


2013 Mazda RX-7 to use turbocharged rotary
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2013 Mazda RX-7 to use turbocharged rotary

A recent report by Autocar reveals Mazda could be pretty serious about bringing out an RX-7 successor, possibly called a Mazda RX-9. Early speculations suggested the proposal of such a model would use a redesigned, naturally aspirated RX-8 13B, twin-rotor engine...