Rebirth of the Mazda “rotary engine”, why now? At the mercy of regulations and management rationalizations, the rotary fire that Mazda protected – AUTOCAR JAPAN

revival of the rotary engine

mazdaMazda Europe, Mazda’s European subsidiary, will present the “MX-30“We will unveil the range extender to the world for the first time.

A range extender is a type of EV (electric vehicle) equipped with an engine or other prime mover dedicated to a generator to extend cruising range.

Mazda Europe will unveil the MX-30 Range Extender for the first time at the Brussels Motor Show.

In Mazda’s case, the engine to be installed is a rotary engine.

Approximately 190,000 Mazda rotary engine vehicles were sold from 2003 to 2012.RX-8” in the end, so far there is a gap for about 11 years.

Why has Mazda revived the rotary engine at this time?

Looking back, the history of the Mazda rotary engine has been full of twists and turns…

Mazda’s rotary engine began in the 1960s with a technical partnership with NSU and Wankel of Germany. “Cosmo Sports” appeared in 1967, six years after the technical partnership.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, Mazda continued to develop its rotary engine.

However, while the entire automotive industry grapples with exhaust regulations, Mazda is the only company in the world that mass-produces rotary engines for mass-produced vehicles.

The next termRX-7“It doesn’t come true…

Under these circumstances, it was only after the mid-1990s that Mazda faced a crisis of Rotary’s survival.

With the end of production of the “RX-7”, the concept model exhibited at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show was the “RX-01”, which was an image of the later RX-7.

Mazda RX-8
Mazda RX-8