All-new rotary engine is on the way for 2010
30 March 2007

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.

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Over the coming four years, Mazda will revamp the bulk of its range. Besides the new Mazda 2, Mazda also has a replacement for the Mazda 6 coming, expected to appear at October’s Tokyo show, using Mondeo underpinnings .

A new, still-secret core model will also be on the block by the plan’s end. Mazda won’t do a low-cost, A-segment city car for the forseeable future, so expect this to be a Mazda 3-sized C-segment family car.

Peter Nunn

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