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Mazda's Rotary Engine Returns, But You Probably Won't Like It

Mazda’s Rotary Engine Returns, But You Probably Won’t Like It

The Mazda MX-30 will feature a rotary engine as a range extender starting 2022

Mazda has been talking about reviving the rotary engine for several years now and back in 2018 it confirmed that it’s finally on its way back into a production model. Come 2020 and the Japanese automaker confirmed that it will offer a rotary engine in the Mazda MX-30. However, it won’t be the sole provider of power, but a range extender on the electric version of the said crossover.

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Mazda Is Looking To Electrify the Next-Gen MX-5 Miata, But It's not As Simple as it Sounds

Mazda Is Looking To Electrify the Next-Gen MX-5 Miata, But It’s not As Simple as it Sounds

Weight, handling, power output, and emissions all come into play here

Mazda is mulling over whether or not the next-gen MX-5 Miata should move into the electrification segment, something that could actually put it in line with the next-gen Porsche 718 should everything play out the right way. The important thing is that, no matter what, the next-gen MX-5 will remain light, compact, and agile, but how that’s going to happen is a mystery that Mazda still has to solve.

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A Production Version of the 2016 Mazda RX-Vision Concept Isn't Ruled Out Quite Yet

A Production Version of the 2016 Mazda RX-Vision Concept Isn’t Ruled Out Quite Yet

Mazda Electric Sports Car With a Rotary Engine Range Extender?

Ikuo Maeda Mazda Design boss said “When it is decided as a brand that we need a sports car, that’s when we will produce the car. As you know, we already have the MX-5. If we need a more premium sports car, then we need to have a serious think about it.” So yes, the production version of the Mazda RX-Vision Concept still isn’t out of the question, but Mazda is basically saying that people have to be ready to give some proper money for it. I am talking about $50,000+ here.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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Mazda Aims to Create Lithium-Ion Starter Batteries in the Name of Efficiency, but Are You Willing to Pay the Cost?

Mazda Aims to Create Lithium-Ion Starter Batteries in the Name of Efficiency, but Are You Willing to Pay the Cost?

It’s a trade-off Mazda needs to consider

Mazda is diving deep into the pool of lithium-ion batteries with the intent to develop 12-Volt lithium-ion batteries to serve as replacements for lead-acid starter batteries in cars beginning in 2021. The Japanese automaker is teaming up with ELIIY Power Co., Ltd. and Ube Industries, Ltd to develop the technology that can be used in creating a new battery solution that has the potential to make its models lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient.

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Toyota & Mazda Developing Small Electric SUV

Toyota & Mazda Developing Small Electric SUV

It’s no mystery that Toyota and Mazda have agreed to join forces in a technological sense. Now, a new report claims that some of the details surrounding this deal have leaked out. According to the report, Toyota is helping Mazda create an EV crossover and Mazda is allowing Toyota to use its 1.5-liter, super-thrifty Skyactiv-D engine.

The main focus here is what Mazda is getting out of the deal, as it has revolutionized the art of milking every last mile from each gallon of fuel recently. This movement to electrification could be an indicator that Skyactiv technology is about as advanced as it can get without a little boost.

What’s more, building an electric SUV and other EVs will help Mazda with the ever-tightening emission laws and the Zero Emission Vehicle regulations that are due to hit California in 2018.

This electric SUV will reportedly use Toyota’s plug-in hybrid technology and fuel-cell technology to hit its goal. The latter of the two technologies will help put potential buyers’ minds at ease regarding the battery’s range, as refilling the hydrogen tanks is not much different than filling gas tanks in existing cars.

It is whether the U.S. will get this crossover or not, but chances are we will at some point.

On the Toyota side of the equation, a source claims that Toyota will use the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D engine in a small hybrid SUV. Thanks to the high fuel economy of the Skyactiv-D engine, this Prius-based SUV could travel up to 800 km (497 miles) on a tank of diesel fuel and a fully charged battery.

In addition to the hybrid SUV, look for Toyota to spread this thrifty diesel engine across its lineup, including the Lexus brand.

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Mazda And Toyota Consider Partnership

Mazda And Toyota Consider Partnership

Toyota loves its partnerships. Most recently, we’ve seen the automaker team up with Subaru to create the universally loved FR-S/BRZ, while BMW is lending a hand in the creation of the new Supra. Now, it appears as though there’s another joint venture in the works, as Mazda may join Toyota to trade drivetrain technologies between the brands.

Citing two unidentified internal sources, Reuters is reporting the two Japanese makes are currently in the midst of talks to expand their existing tech and production tie-up, with Toyota possibly providing its hydrogen fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid know-how in exchange for Mazda’s fuel-efficient SkyActiv gas and diesel engine tech.

The report states Mazda has already attempted to develop its own hydrogen-powered vehicles, but will now turn to Toyota to help speed up the process. Toyota has previously released a few of its FCV patents to the public for free in the hopes of increasing industry adoption of hydrogen technology and bolstering infrastructure investment.

The two companies are expected to reach an agreement soon, but so far officials have yet to report any details.

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2008 Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

2008 Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

The new Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid is equipped with a transverse hydrogen rotary engine, featuring Mazda’s hydrogen/gasoline dual-fuel system. The hybrid system efficiently converts energy from hydrogen combustion to electricity and uses it to power the motor. This vehicle promotes practical use thanks to an extended hydrogen-fueled range, and enhanced driving performance and packaging. Leasing is now planned to commence in 2008.

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Mazda will launch hydrogen-electric hybrid in 2008

Mazda will launch hydrogen-electric hybrid in 2008

Mazda will unveil a hybrid-electric vehicle in 2008 that can run on hydrogen, according to a report by Japan’s Nikkei financial news service. The confirmation for the vehicle will be made on Thursday.
The future Mazda hybrid will team the company’s rotary engine with an electric motor. The company has been experimenting with hydrogen versions of the engine for the past few years and has a small fleet of prototype models on the roads for real-world tests. In the race for green technologies, (...)

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Mazda Hydrogen Vehicle - cold winter testing

Mazda Hydrogen Vehicle - cold winter testing

Mazda Motor Corporation is joining forces with the Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau (HRDB) to test the cold weather performance of its hydrogen cars. In response to a request from the HRDB, a Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE is being used for the tests, which are scheduled to run from February 19 to 23, 2007. This cold weather testing coincides with the Environment and Transport Symposium on Hydrogen Energy that is being held in Muroran city, Hokkaido Prefecture, on February 21. Participants in (...)

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Mazda is developing a rotary hydrogen/petrol/electric hybrid

Mazda is developing a rotary hydrogen/petrol/electric hybrid

Mazda is working on a Mazda5 fitted with a rotary engine which can run on hydrogen or petrol and is also linked to an electric motor is front-wheel drive, so becomes the first front-wheel drive, rotary-engined Mazda.
The rotary-engines Mazda5 is their second attempt at hybrid vehicles, after Tribute SUV using the same hybrid gas/electric system developed by Ford. This is also their second hydrogen/gas foray, as they have converted some of their RX8 rotary vehicles to hydrogen power. This (...)

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2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

Showing its commitment to improving the world’s air quality, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will unveil the all-new 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV) at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. With a hydrogen-powered version of the RX-8 and a hydrogen-powered hybrid version of the MAZDA 5 undergoing extensive testing in Japan, the Tribute HEV is the latest environmentally friendly vehicle to join the Mazda lineup.

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Mazda Delivers RX-8 Hydrogen RE Vehicles to Corporate Customer Fleets

Mazda Delivers RX-8 Hydrogen RE Vehicles to Corporate Customer Fleets

Mazda Motor Corporation has delivered one RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle each to its first two corporate customers for this model, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, and Iwatani International Corporation in Osaka, Japan.
RX-8 Hydrogen RE cars are equipped with a rotary engine and feature a dual-fuel system that allows the driver to select either hydrogen or gasoline with the flick of a switch. The vehicles that have been leased to Mazda’s first two corporate fleet customers are based on Mazda’s (...)

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