Mazda has confirmed it’s working on an all-new rotary engine for 2010.
This second-generation Renesis rotary, with more power and less thirst than today’s unit (as found in the RX-8), is the star act in a new round of Mazda powertrain technologies unveiled last week at a business conference in Tokyo.
As it reaffirms its commitment to rotary technology, Mazda will also begin leasing a Premacy (Japan’s version of the Mazda 5) with a hydrogen rotary hybrid in 2008 and launch a full production model using this Mazda-designed system by 2010.
Further ahead, Mazda also has an all-new hydrogen rotary engine with power equivalent to a 3.0-litre petrol engine and a range of some 250 miles under development.
From 2010, Mazda will start on the next wave of conventional petrol engines with 20 per cent improved economy and 15-25 per cent better performance on the cards.
New clean diesels, capable of meeting super-tough Euro6 and American regs, are also on the menu, along with new platforms and lighter vehicle architecture, all geared to lowering CO2 emissions.