Unfortunately for the Japanese car manufacturer, it had to remove the rotary engine from its line-up due to the engines low efficiency.
Mazda were left disappointed that the rotary engine was not able to meet and adhere to stricter emissions regulations, as well as suffering high fuel consumption for its output.
The engines in question were known as Mazda Wankel engines, which comprise a family of car engines derived from experiments in the early 1960s by Felix Wankel – a German engineer. Over the years, displacement has been increased and turbocharging has been added.
The vehicle that recently housed the rotary engine, the Mazda RX-8, was a sports car first produced in 2003. In 2010, Mazda removed the RX-8 from the European market after the car failed to meet emissions standards – as mentioned previously.
Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda’s Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, commented: ‘Although RX-8 production is ending, the rotary engine will always represent the spirit of Mazda and Mazda remains committed to its ongoing development.’
Yamanouchi further added: ‘The challenger spirit that has made us the world leader in the rotary engines is still alive and well at Mazda.’
Recently, Mazda has developed a series of technologies known as SkyActiv, which focuses on improving the efficiency of combustion in an engine. Advances resulting from the project could be applied to the rotary engine in order to improve its economy and output.
Mazda also believes that there are significant gains to be had by utilising more advanced ignition systems, which would further serve to boost performance whilst reducing overall consumption and emissions.
The third generation Mazda6 model, which is on sale now in the UK, features three different SkyActiv engines in its variants. The inline-four engines featured in the new Mazda6 are as follows: a 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G, a larger 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G and a diesel-fuelled 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D engine.
Mazda’s crossover SUV: the CX-5 was the company’s first vehicle to feature the full SkyActiv Technology suite: a rigid, lightweight platform combined with a series of efficient engines and transmissions.
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