the new rotary they're working on is supposed to make something near 30mpg, IIRC.KAT_Ayanami said:Now I do agree with you.nyoneway said:Looks good, but 14mpg @ $4.00 gas, ouch ($3400/yr). This gas guzzler has its number.
I guess rotary will be out of the market like V8s anytime now.
Shame. Great engine, but until we get hydrogen is just too expensive for anything...
Says the Celica ownerTRD1zz00GT said:Otherwise it's just another chick car.
The one they've shown has been increased from 1.3L to 1.6L and gets direct injection which should be good for even more power and better fuel economy, together with the increased torque from displacement and higher compression ratio that can be run with direct injection they can revise gearing and get better highway MPG. The car will never get good city MPG - this is the nature of the rotary.Nineball said:the new rotary they're working on is supposed to make something near 30mpg, IIRC.
same.I won't be interested till I see the new rotary engine in a Mazda. All those goodies are nice, but that's all you get with this package is goodies. I want more power.
If you’ve been toying with the notion of picking up a Mazda RX-8, you may want to start actively saving for one. Citing a source within Mazda’s North American ranks, Motor Trend says the rotary-powered sports coupe will be dropped from the U.S. lineup, possibly after the 2011 model year.
After looking at the sales figures, Mazda's decision to drop the RX-8 isn’t too surprising. Although the model was updated in 2009, Mazda has managed to sell only 428 cars thus far in 2010. Global sales volumes will further be affected since Mazda’s European wing recently axed the model, as the Renesis rotary won’t meet upcoming EuroV emission standards.
While this may signal the death of the RX-8, it doesn’t mean Mazda’s finally moving away from rotary-powered sports cars. Motor Trend suggests the market-by-market wind-down of RX-8 sales could be a sign that Mazda is shifting its focus towards a new RX sports car -- possibly even a revival of the vaunted RX-7. If true, a production version could arrive by 2013 at the earliest.
R.I.P.Mazda Motor Corp. has canceled production of its RX-8 rotary engine sports car, citing falling sales and stringent global emissions standards.
Production in Hiroshima, Japan, ended in early July and global sales of the car will conclude later this year.
Mazda's U.S. dealers had 300 units in stock as of Aug. 1 for a 118-day supply, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
Mazda pulled the RX-8 from the European market last year after the car failed to meet local emissions standards. Without volume from Europe, Mazda couldn't justify selling the RX-8, a Mazda source said.
Exporting vehicles from Japan also has become more difficult. The yen's rise vs. the dollar was a major reason why Mazda's North American operating losses from April through June grew nearly threefold to ¥7.9 billion, or about $97.6 million, from the same quarter last year.
Still, Jim O'Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, said "the rotary is alive and well within Mazda." While declining to comment on the progress of the 16X, O'Sullivan said: "We are studying what's the best way to come back to the market with the rotary."