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Mazda's still keeping the rotary flame alive

It's still unlikely, but somewhat less so.

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The rotary sportscar you want probably isn't coming any time soon, but it's in Mazda's interest to lead you on.

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Skyactiv-R Announced, We're Stoked

Mazda's new concept car looks great, but its the announcement of a next-generation rotary engine that has us buzzing (and adding just a bit of oil).

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Every story dealing with a new rotary engine from Mazda lands in a different place on the matrix of possibilities between "Coming soon!" and "Never gonna happen!" In 2011 it was speculated that the rotary engineering program would be shut down with the demise of the RX-8, in 2012 the program was still alive and taking lessons from the SkyActiv engines, in August 2013 a Mazda insider said a rotary engine called 16X would be here in two years, in November the CEO said the only way we'd ever get a

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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.

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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.

Mazda has produced some iconic sports cars throughout its history, and now those vehicles have been immortalized in stamp form. Released as a limited-edition on November 1st, the Japan Post Network Chugoke Regional Office has created a 12-stamp set officially titled History of Mazda Motor Corporation Hiroshima.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Turbo Rotary Mazda MX-5 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

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

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