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Mazda Delays Death of RX-8 While Working up New Rotary Plans

Japanese maker’s Wankel plans still uncertain.

by on Apr.30, 2012

Mazda stretches the final run of the RX-8 out to June.

With apologies to Mark Twain, reports of the death of the rotary engine are premature, though not greatly exaggerated. Mazda has decided to give its Wankel-powered RX-8 a temporary reprieve, adding an extra 1,000 units to its final run. But what happens beyond that is anything but certain.

While the Japanese maker has been hinting that a more advanced version of the ultra-compact powertrain is under development – this time borrowing some features from Mazda’s promising SkyActiv technology – it is anything but certain if or when a rotary will return to production.

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As the Mazda RX-8 wraps up its ninth and final year of production, Mazda has decided to add another 1,000 units to the run to meet unexpected demand. The last cars will be part of the Japanese maker’s limited-edition Spirit R model, a heavily loaded model featuring such niceties as Recaro sport bucket seats, oversized red brakes and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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Struggling Mazda “Actively” Seeking Partners

Could someone step in to fill Ford’s shoes?

by on Feb.14, 2012

Mazda's Takeri concept with CEO Takashi Yamanouchi.

Racking up mounting losses, Mazda is facing serious challenges that may require it to turn outside for help to resolve, the maker’s CEO confides.

That could mean seeking out a new partner to replace the once-powerful alliance between the Japanese automaker and America’s Ford Motor Co.  It could also force Mazda to have to share its new and highly-touted SkyActiv powertrain technology with an erstwhile competitor.

Mazda is in a serious bind.  The maker is forecasting a $1.3 billion loss for the current fiscal year, which ends March 31.  And it is struggling to reverse a sales slide that saw it drop to 1.25 million units, a 2% dip, in calendar 2011.

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The maker is meanwhile getting ready to walk away from its long-time manufacturing joint venture with Ford, known as Auto Alliance, where it had been producing the Mazda6 alongside the U.S. maker’s Mustang and other models.  Though Mazda plans to produce some of its smaller models – the Mazda2 and Mazda3 — in Mexico, it will be particularly vulnerable to lopsided exchange rates once the Mazda6 returns to Japan.

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A Battery Car Without the Battery?

Takeri concept pushes design, technology envelopes with show car hinting at next Mazda6.

by on Dec.01, 2011

Mazda's Takeri concept with CEO Takashi Yamanouchi.

A battery car without the battery?

Electric propulsion is the hot technology in the auto industry these days and might have a serious chance of transforming the cars we drive were it not for a serious problem: the high cost and other limitations of even the most advanced batteries.  But with the Tokyo Motor Show introduction of the Takeri concept vehicle Mazda suggests it may have an even more high-tech solution that provides many of the advantages of battery cars without the batteries.

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The Mazda Takeri itself is the latest effort by the Japanese automaker to stretch the design limits using its new Kodo design language.  But one of the more interesting features is hidden under the skin. That’s the i-ELOOP system that is part of Mazda’s first in-house mild hybrid system.

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First Drive: Mazda Skyactiv

Can Mazda deliver hybrid mileage without the hybrid?

by on Aug.12, 2011

The new Mazda CX-5 crossover will be the maker's first vehicle developed specifically to use the new Skyactiv system, though the Skyactiv powertrain will appear first on the 2012 Mazda3 update.

“We are a very small company,” says Kyoshi Fujiwara – again.  It’s a mantra repeated over and over by the Japanese engineer who has become something of the chief cook and bottle washer for Mazda’s ambitious Skyactiv project.

The far-reaching effort could be the make-it-or-break it for, yes, this very small company, which has largely severed its ties with Detroit giant Ford Motor Co.  Long known for going its own way with unusual technology – think Wankel rotary engine – Mazda is doing it again with Skyactiv, a system that it claims can deliver the fuel efficiency of a hybrid without the performance and price penalties.

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Early next year, Mazda will introduce the new Skyactiv-G gasoline engine on the updated Mazda3 sedan.  But the technology isn’t limited to just a new petrol powertrain, ala Ford’s EcoBoost.  With Skyactiv, Mazda claims to have re-thought the entire vehicle, coming up with both gasoline and diesel engines, advanced manual and automatic transmissions and lighter-weight platforms that further enhance its drive for improved fuel economy without sacrificing the company’s familiar zoom-zoom qualities.

TheDetroitBureau.com recently got a chance to take an in-depth look at the Skyactiv system and files this report.

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