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Mazda Design Chief Wants New RX, But Only With Rotary

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/29/2014 Jason Udy

Mazda’s global design chief Ikuo Maeda wants the automaker to bring back the RX-series sports car -- but only if the automaker can design a new rotary engine that can meet emission standards, reports Automotive News.

So far, Mazda has no definitive plans to build an RX-8 successor as the automaker hasn’t perfected the design enough to meet ever tightening emission regulations. RX-badged cars have always been rotary-powered, while its piston engine sports cars have been called MX. System.Xml.XmlElement: Mazda Rotary engine© Provided by MotorTrend Mazda Rotary engine

"Skyactiv is a wonderful powertrain. So it is possible to create a sports car using that powertrain," Maeda told Automotive News. "If it's Skyactiv, we would just do it in a different vehicle."

Mazda RX-8 production ended in 2012 due to declining sales and the automaker has been putting most of its efforts into the new Skyactiv family of engines. Research and development for an updated rotary engine is said to be ongoing, though it isn’t a priority for the automaker. System.Xml.XmlElement: Mazda RX-8© Provided by MotorTrend Mazda RX-8

"I will never give up," said Maeda. "Inside my head, I'm always going over shapes."

Maeda was responsible for the design of the RX-8, while his father designed the original RX-7. System.Xml.XmlElement: Mazda RX-7© Provided by MotorTrend Mazda RX-7

Last year, when the automaker showed the Mazda2 RE Range Extender (RE is for rotary engine), Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said the automaker would have to sell 100,000 units a year to justify production.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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