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The Japanese based automaker Mazda is not planning of introducing a successor of the current RX-8.

Despite rumors appearing over the last few years were stating that Mazda is working on a new sports car with a rotary engine, which will basically become a replacement for the RX-8, a new interview is now stating that the model in question will not get a successor. According to Masamichi Kogai, the company’s CEO, there are no plans of reviving the RX series.

“It’s difficult for us at present to further expand our lineup. The company is still in the process of improving its financial structure. We want to focus our limited resources on the Skyactiv products that we have today”, said the company’s official to Automotive News Europe.

The Mazda RX-8 has been in production between 2003 and 2012 and it was assembled in Hiroshima, Japan. The model was offered in a four-door coupe body style, with a front engine and rear-wheel drive layout. The RX-8 stood at 4,470 mm long, 1,770 mm wide and 1,340 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,703 mm. Power came from the 1.3 liter Wankel engine which was connected to a four-speed automatic, a 6-speed automatic, a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed manual.