A few months ago we’ve announced that when the Japanese automaker decided to finally end the production of its RX-8 in June 2012.
“These events have been a powerful reminder (Le Mans 24-Hour endurance) of the widespread passion for the rotary engine. Although RX-8 production is ending, the rotary engine will always represent the spirit of Mazda and Mazda remains committed to its ongoing development”, said the Mazda representative director, chairman of the board, president and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi.
Even if the Japanese automaker is putting a stop on developing its rotary engine which powers the RX-8, Mazda is also announcing, through the voice of their executive officer of planning products, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, that the 44-year old unit is set for a comeback in 2017.
“I have always said rotary engines literally are part of our soul. We have to continue the rotary-engine evolution”, said Fujiwara.
The revolutionary rotary engine has been around for 44 years and Mazda will put it away for now because of high production costs in developing the SKYActiv powerplants.