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124Mazda CEO says rotary not viable, so don't look for a new one

We have some very sad news to report, rotor-heads fans: Don't expect a new rotary-powered vehicle anytime soon. This comes straight from Masamichi Kogai, the CEO of Mazda, which is the only company to ever market a commercially successful rotary-powered automobile in the world. The issue, as it has pretty much always been, is environmental.

102Mazda 16X rotary engine two years away, will arrive in all-new model

We last reported on Mazda's next-generation rotary engine project in June of 2012 when the automaker built its last Renesis-powered RX-8, but rumors of this new engine's development had been around way before that final car left the production line in Japan, last year.

69Mazda builds final rotary engine

Mark it down, auto enthusiasts. Mazda built its last rotary engine on Friday, June 22. By final, we mean the line that assembled Renesis engines for Mazda's RX-8 sports car was idled, and there are currently no plans to restart its production. Mazda has a long-running history of building Wankel powerplants, and its production of the high-revving engine has seen a few stutters since Mazda put the first dual-rotor Wankel in a production car in 1967. Of course, it's always possible that Mazda

44Rotary engine development halted at Mazda?

At the end of 2011, the Mazda RX-8 rotary-powered sport coupe/sedan will cease to exist in new-car showrooms. With it, the mass-produced rotary engine will take another hiatus. The original plan was to have the Renesis, the world's only mass-produced rotary, come back maybe as early as 2017 in a new sports car. In fact, we just heard reports that Mazda's rotor-obsessed gearhead engineers were still manning the program, albeit at a reduced pace.

38Report: Mazda working on next-gen rotary-powered RX-9

Mazda Kabura Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

7Report: Mazda rotary reportedly at least a year behind schedule, but work continues

Renesis rotary engine in 2009 Mazda RX-8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

44Report: Mazda rotary reportedly at least a year behind schedule, but work continues

Renesis rotary engine in 2009 Mazda RX-8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

55REPORT: Mazda's next-generation rotary needs more work

2009 Mazda RX-8 - Click above for high-res image gallery

36Is the next Mazda Renesis rotary set to get direct-injection?

Mazda rotary engine patent diagrams - Click above for a high-res image gallery

AddIs the next Mazda Renesis rotary set to get direct-injection?

Mazda rotary engine patent diagrams - Click above for a high-res image gallery

17Mazda debuts new-gen Rotary in Taiki show car

Say what you will about the styling of the Mazda Taiki concept that's currently on display in Tokyo. It's quite possible that what's underneath is more interesting, anyway. Under the hood of the Taiki is a new gen rotary engine from Mazda called the 16X Renesis. Of course, the Rotary engine has its share of detractors, but Mazda's sticking with it anyway.

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