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Is Mazda committing to new rotary engine with SkyActiv technology?

By FaezClutchless on 19 Oct 2011

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Over the past one year, Mazda has hinted that their rotary engine usage has come to an end. The company had to struggle with stringent emission laws and fuel economy in its RX8 model and it looks like the RX8 would be the last Mazda model to feature the rotary engine. But a recent Twitter update by a Mazda PR employee shows otherwise.

A recent twitter update revealed that Mazda is working on a new rotary engine for a new model and they will also feature their SkyActiv technology into it. The actual tweet also thanked supporters for their continuing support of the rotary engine and the RX8. No expected timeline was mentioned as to when we will see this.

From what I could remember, SkyActiv focuses on three key areas:

(1) Advanced engines with world-beating compression ratios
(2) Highly efficient transmissions
(3) Sophisticated lightweight chassis technology for high levels of crash safety performance and driving pleasure.

If Mazda is going to increase compression ratios on its rotary engine, I wonder how that will help fuel economy, especially on its RX model.

For Mazda fans, donít hold your breathe too much for this. Firstly, I believe, it is still in its developmental stage and would only appear in the next few years or so. To implement its SkyActiv technology into a rotary engine, which is well known for poor fuel economy, would bring Mazda back to the drawing board and there is a big probability that the new engine will be forced induced.

With the implementation of the SkyActiv technology into all Mazda vehicles from 2012 onwards, we just have to wait and see what Mazda will come up with.

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