Car and Driver website reports that the rotary engine will continue to play a role in the company’s new products.
In fact, as Mazda’s Robert Davis, senior vice president of U.S. operations, explained to Car and Driver, there are multiple rotary engine strategies under development.
The executive said that a new rotary is being explored for applications where it would drive the wheels as well as those for which it would drive an electric generator, as used in the electric Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma.
The smoothness of a rotary and its low weight are advantages for this role, while its relative lack of torque wouldn’t be a problem.
Mechanically however, Davis also said that Mazda’s new Skyactiv technology could find its way to being paired up with the brand’s new rotary design.
In other news, the Japanese automaker appears to be moving towards an all-four-cylinder lineup. Mazda is discontinuing the use of the V6 engine, which right now is only available in the 6 sedan and the CX-9 crossover.
Both vehicles are likely to receive four-cylinder engines instead (including the expected Mazda6 Hybrid).