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Mazda development chief discusses future rotary platform

XEV could operate as mild hybrid to something like range extended BEV.

Mazda is currently working with a very flexible and efficient rotary hybrid platform.

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Mazda rotary engine returns in 2020 as an EV range-extender

Yes, it's official. It's really happening.

Yes, it's official. It's really happening.

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Watch what happens inside a rotary engine

See the spinning Dorito in action

Since it looks like Mazda may very well revive the Wankel rotary engine as a range extender for electric cars, there's no better time to become reacquainted with the quirky internal-combustion engine. And there's hardly a better way to become reacquainted than by peering into a running rotary engine, which you can do with the video above.

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Mazda rotary engine returning, in an autonomous Toyota delivery vehicle

The e-Palette is not exactly a new RX-7.

Mazda's prepping a small rotary engine to serve as a range extender in an autonomous Toyota delivery vehicle.

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Mazda's rotary engine may live on as a range extender (UPDATE)

Think Mazda2 RE Range Extender

There's evidence that it will happen.

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Mazda will have a new rotary concept at Tokyo show, trying to bring it to production

Mazda's still keeping the rotary flame alive

It's still unlikely, but somewhat less so.

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Mazda-Toyota partnership has us dreaming of a rotary hybrid

That might be wishful thinking, but here are some other great possible outcomes.

And like any dream, it probably won't be there when we wake up.

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Mazda has no plans for an RX-9, despite ongoing rotary development

CEO says "no" to a sports car larger than the Miata.

The stunning Mazda RX-Vision Concept appears to be just a tease.

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Mazda RX-9 could be a 400-hp, 2,900-pound coupe due in 2019

Mazda will show a concept car at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

Would you pay $79,000 for a Mazda? What if it could dance like Michael Jackson and sprint like Usain Bolt? Yes, the answer is definitely yes.

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Jay Leno brings a rotary-powered VW Beetle to the garage

Why a Wankel? Because you can.

Jay Leno's Garage focuses on a '66 Bug with the heart of a 1990 Mazda RX-7.

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Here's a 4-pound, 3-hp experimental rotary engine in a go-kart

It's not a Wankel, but it is installed in a go-kart. LiquidPiston's X Mini engine gets a micro-scale workout in this video.

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Patent application suggests Mazda rotary return

This could be an early peek at the Skyactiv-R engine.

Mazda's filing shows a new layout to the exhaust and intake ports of a turbocharged rotary. Maybe the RX-7 is really coming back.

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Mazda engineer wants new rotary to be turbocharged

Mazda's drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager wants the company's revived rotary engine to be turbocharged.

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Mazda RX-Vision Concept revives the rotary

The Mazda RX-Vision concept at the Tokyo Motor Show points the way forward as the company tries to revive the rotary engine in an absolutely beautiful sports coupe. The brand hopes to have this gorgeous shape on the road someday.

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Mazda still has a team working on rotary engines

Mazda isn't ready to give up on bringing the Wankel back and still has a team working to bring the design up to modern emissions and economy standards. A model using the updated mill isn't currently on the horizon, though.

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Mazda RX-7 could return in 2020

Autocar is the latest with another rumor about a Mazda RX-7 revival, saying Mazda is planning something "significant" for its 100th anniversary in 2020. Reading between the vague lines, however, we wouldn't get our hopes up.

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Will the Mazda2 be offered as a PHEV with a rotary engine range extender?

Every few months, it seems a rumor crops up about plans from Mazda to revive the rotary engine. Last November, its CEO said the only way another one could happen is if the project was profitable, and then a month later the automaker showed off the Mazda2 RE Range Extender with a 330cc Wankel engine mounted in the rear. Now, Australian auto site Motoring reports that the PHEV may actually make production in the next-gen Mazda2 sometime after it's initial launch.

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Mazda2 with extended-range hybrid rotary tech shown

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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Mazda 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.

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Mazda 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.

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