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We record Episode #244 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, and you can drop Chris, Dan and Zach your questions via our Q&A module below. Check out our discussion topics or chime in to help determine what else the crew chats about this evening, too. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our Dan Roth

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Mazda stops RX-8 production

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

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Mazda still pursuing rotary development

Fear not, rotaryphiles. According to a report from The Detroit News, Mazda isn't giving up on the rotary engine anytime soon. Though the RX-8 is headed for the production guillotine, Mazda execs have apparently confirmed that engineers are working on a more efficient and more powerful version of the Wankel. While the project was technically back-burnered during the economic downturn, the resea

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

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

Report: 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

Report: 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

Mazda launches certified pre-owned program

Quite a few automakers have had success with certified pre-owned used car programs, and now Mazda is jumping on board by offering a CPO plan of its own. After all, used vehicles that have passed a rigorous inspection are more attractive to potential buyers, even though certified cars commonly carry a heavier price tag than their non-inspected lot mates.

Is the sports car an endangered species? [w/poll]

Porsche 911 Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Emissions regulations to kill Mazda RX-8 after 2011 model year?

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

Mazda RX-8 to exit U.S. market after 2011 model year?

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

Report: Next Mazda RX-7 in development, but don't hold your breath

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

Report: Next Mazda RX-7 testing with gasoline and diesel compatabile rotary

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

Report: Mazda RX-8 denied re-entry into Europe

Mazda RX-8 R3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Mazda RX-8 to die as RX-7 resurfaces for 2012?

The rumormill just can't stop churning out stories of an impending Mazda RX-7 revival. We've been hearing that we should expect the rotary-powered sports car any day now... for the last few years. It's still yet to show its smiling face. Still, here we are with another report indicating that the next RX-7 is just around the corner, this time as a 2011 or 2012 model.

SEMA 2009: World's only known four-rotor Mazda RX-8

BMI Racing Mazda RX-8 four-rotor - Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

REPORT: NHTSA investigating Ford F-150 airbags, Mazda RX-8 clutch pedals

According to The New York Times' Wheels blog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently in the early stages of investigating issues involving the 2005 Ford F-150 and 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8 models equipped with manual transmissions.

REPORT: Mazda to release new fuel efficient engine in 2011

Mazda RX-8 R3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Mazda delivers Norwegian-spec RX-8 Hydrogen RE

Mazda Hydrogen RX-8 - Click for a high res gallery

Mazda to further refine Wankel rotary engine for more efficiency?

Mazda's Wankel rotary engine has always been unique in the automotive landscape as a mass-produced internal combustion engine that eschews such unsightly items as pistons, valves and camshafts. The Wankel packs lots of power into a very small package, but one thing it's never been is fuel efficient, despite its relatively meager 1.3-liters of displacement. It seems the Japanese automaker is working hard to change that reputation with the next ge

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