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In 2012 the Mazda RX-8 will end production and it's at the moment the only rotary powered vehicle Mazda is producing, here's some insight into what Mazda might have in the future with a rotary engine.

taken from carscoop http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2011/1...Carscoop+(CARSCOOP)&utm_content=Google+Reader



Even though Mazda President and CEO, Takashi Tamanouchi, has repeatedly stated that the company will continue to develop the firm's rotary engine after the demise of the RX-8 sports car in June of 2012, many have questioned the company's commitment to the Wankel concept.
To calm the Japanese brand's fans, Mazda posted a tweet on its Japanese account that said it is "zealously" planning the development of "new models", which will be equipped with a rotary engine.

Here's the (loosely) translated snip:



"Thank you so much for all your supportive messages concerning the RX-8 and the rotary engine! We are also excited. Mazda is aiming to achieve a breakthrough with the ‘Skyactiv’ technology, and we are zealously working on new models to house the next generation rotary engine. Thank you for your continued support!"

Now the question is what kind of Wankel-powered model(s) could Mazda be working on? While we can't say for sure, the evidence points at a possible two-door successor to the RX-7 and/or a production version of the Shinari sports saloon concept.
















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this new Mazda rotary concept looks too much like the Infiniti Essence, but at least Mazda is heading the right way with it's designs

I wonder what the next Mazda Rotary coupe might be called? The Mazda RX-9?

Also it would be cool to see a Rotary hybrid if that is possible.
 

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^^Regardless its stunning. You just don't see this often especially a mainstream small car company like Mazda. You usually see it in high end niche' cars. Loving this new design language. Gorgeous!

Can't wait for the up in coming cars. With SkyActive engines and chassis.
 

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^^Regardless its stunning. You just don't see this often especially a mainstream small car company like Mazda. You usually see it in high end niche' cars. Loving this new design language. Gorgeous!

Can't wait for the up in coming cars. With SkyActive engines and chassis.

Indeed it's stunning! Out of most of the new car designs, this is probably one of the best yet. It's not too futuristic and not too old, and not a look that will look outdated anytime soon if it was to go into production.

If this design falls through, just imagine how that will change and facelift other mazda models such as the 2!
 

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Indeed it's stunning! Out of most of the new car designs, this is probably one of the best yet. It's not too futuristic and not too old, and not a look that will look outdated anytime soon if it was to go into production.

If this design falls through, just imagine how that will change and facelift other mazda models such as the 2!

Agreed!!!!
 

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This is from the same Mazda who announced on Aug 23, 2011 it was discontinuing the RX-8 due to the inability (cost) to make the rotary engine meet emission standards?

Oh wait, that was in the article too. Neat design but like many concept cars...let's see it get built and in what market it will be available. Don't follow the pack and build crossovers or for those old of us to remember...station wagons. The M2 is decent since it's a budget vehicle that can actually get 40mpg. I like my Miata but the current generation shows too much Ford influence and we really need our ragtop options.
 
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