Automotive News is reporting that Mazda has stopped production of its RX-8 sports car due to lackluster sales and ever tighter global emissions standards. Mazda managed to move a mere 1,134 of the models last year, and 2011 hasn't treated the rotary any better. Sales are down 21 percent through July. The Japanese automaker was forced to remove the model from European showrooms last year after it failed to meet emissions standards, and the company says that it simply can't justify continuing to manufacture the vehicle without sales in the old country.

According to the report, production wrapped up in Hiroshima, Japan in July, and global sales will finish up this year. Currently, Automotive News says that U.S. dealers have 300 RX-8 units in stock. While this may be the end for the rotary sports car in the near-term, Mazda has made it clear that the manufacturer isn't giving up on its rotary heritage any time soon.


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      Duane
      • 3 Years Ago
      it might not be iconic as the RX-7, but the RX-8 has its strenght in driving dynamics and fun to drive factor plus you can carry 3 more passengers. Almost pulled a trigger on one but got cold feet due to the reliability factor. But if the deal is right, i might visit a Mazda showroom nowadays and check it out again before it runs out.
      PatrickH
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's always sad to see a RWD sports car disappear from the market. However the RX8 never lived up to the reputation or performance of the RX7. I realize it wasn't meant to entirely be an RX7 replacement, but since it was very similar the comparisons are impossible to ignore. It was never fast enough to justify it's lackluster gas mileage and wasn't really that fast period to the point that when I was last shopping for a lightweight RWD car I never even considered one. Hopefully Mazda can bring something great back with a new RX7.
      Walter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shame. Was a very distinct and beautiful car. I hope they come out with a new RX-7, RX-9, ...something!
      Devin Christiansen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know what you guys are talking about, but that is a great looking car at a cheap price. Gas isn't that great but performance is awesome, unless you're going in a straight and even at that it is quite good.
      WRXFAN
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Mazda would at least salvage those great seats and transplant them into the MS3 I might reward them with a purchase.
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WRXFAN
        The 2nd gen MS3 seats are...okay, but the 1st gen seats were much better by far. They compromised a bit too much for comfort, and the patterning on them is psychedelicious. They're adequate enough for when I'm driving spiritedly though....so they're not terrible by any means.
          Gorgenapper
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          Yeah, the Si's seats are good...liked them a lot, nice and snug, faux Alcantara felt good too (but I'd still want it in half leather, half sport cloth). It still isn't a dealbreaker by any means...the car makes me want to drive it despite those shortcomings. For this, Mazda has my support as a customer.
          R Man Manmanman
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          2nd gen seats make me cry a little, but thats because I came from a Miata with Bride VIOS replicas. I just don't understand why a car like this doesn't have seats like the ones in the Si - those are some solid OEM seats I can get in and they'll hold me well enough.
      Haub
      • 3 Years Ago
      Goodnight, sweet prince. ILY RX8.
      g0t4md
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's sad to hear this, but the RX-8 is long overdue for a refresh.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shouldn't be a surprise for anyone, but still rather sad to read.
      erikv
      • 3 Years Ago
      What the RX-8 lacks in power, it makes up for in handling. At a recent track day I was chasing a Z06 around Blackhawk Farms Raceway. He would leave me in the dust on the front straight, but by the time we came back around the track, I was right on his bumper again. After 3 laps like this, he let me pass so he could follow me to find out how I was keeping up. Both of us were running in the Advanced/Instructors run group. Wisecracks to the effect that "he was a slow Corvette driver" don't apply. ;-) I just bought mine in May of this year, it's a 2004 model that only had 43k miles on it. It still has a factory warranty on the engine until March of 2013. I really don't care that it gets lousy fuel economy -- I bought it as a track toy. Bonus: the kids love riding in the back seat.
        ohger1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @erikv
        bullshit. you're likely a better driver, but there's no way an RX-8 will keep up with a Corvette under ANY condition.
      Dynamho
      • 3 Years Ago
      RX-8 (2003-2011) stayed in production almost as long as the S2000 (1999-2009). FWIW...
      fmeyer11
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was a really cool car,it's a shame to see it go
      hctscuzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats too bad,,, That is one Kick in the Butt Car,,, I really enjoyed my 05 RX8... The Rotory engine is a Marvel of Engineering,,,,, Like I said,,,, To Bad... The Scuzz !!!!!!!!!!!!
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