Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP Worldwide > The International Automotive Scene


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 7th October 2011, 14:37   #1
Team-BHP Support
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 11,883
Thanked: 9,702 Times
Default Mazda to Scrap Rotary Engines

Mazda will stop producing vehicles with its signature rotary engines in June next year because of poor sales and the costs of meeting emissions standards.

The firm said the latest edition of the RX-8, the only model in its line-up with the rotary engine, will go on sale on November 24, targeting sales of 1,000 vehicles, but will end production in June 2012.

Mazda, which introduced its first rotary engine car in 1967, is the only car maker in the world that makes vehicles with rotary engines. They have fewer moving parts and are quieter than comparable piston engines but are more expensive to manufacture and consume more fuel.

Mazda's decision underlines how consumer tastes are changing to preferring green vehicles over sporty ones

Source - The Independent
ajmat is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 7th October 2011, 15:10   #2
Distinguished - BHPian
 
sgiitk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Kanpur
Posts: 7,160
Thanked: 3,755 Times
Default Re: Mazda to Scrap Rotary Engines

Very sad day for motoring. I was looking forward to a few Wankel's once Mazda came to our shores.
sgiitk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th October 2011, 15:49   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
srishiva's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 3,576
Thanked: 816 Times
Default Re: Mazda to Scrap Rotary Engines

Not surprised. They were lighter no doubt, but customers wouldn't care for any of this and was not cheaper. Having driven one on Mazda for a person driving the car, it doesn't make any difference. Piston engines themselves come with so many different behaviours.
srishiva is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 8th October 2011, 13:49   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
MileCruncher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,992
Thanked: 356 Times
Default Re: Mazda to Scrap Rotary Engines

Damn!

Wenkel engines are the forefront of technology and also produce much higher BHP/Litre compared to a normal piston engine. How I wish wenkel engines were adopted in F1 thereby leading to further innovations in this field.

Cheers
MileCruncher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th October 2011, 15:07   #5
BHPian
 
John's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Secunderabad
Posts: 255
Thanked: 166 Times
Default Re: Mazda to Scrap Rotary Engines

Wonder what happened to our indegenous Wankel engine that was designed and built for the Nishant UAV?

However it appears that Mazda is not giving up the Wankel engine -
“Although RX-8 production is ending, the rotary engine will always represent the spirit of Mazda and Mazda remains committed to its ongoing development," Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi said, suggesting that a Wankel rotary-powered car from the Japanese automaker could eventually return."
John is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th October 2011, 17:19   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
devarshi84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Ahmedabad - Tor
Posts: 3,996
Thanked: 118 Times
Default Re: Mazda to Scrap Rotary Engines

Wankels will be missed. Smaller engines and bigger power is where the world is heading right now.

Unfortunately no other car maker jumped in the bed with Mazda to provide the economies of scale needed to keep the R&D going. Let's hope the technology gets to live before its death really comes.
devarshi84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th October 2011, 20:30   #7
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 3,506
Thanked: 2,071 Times
Default Re: Mazda to Scrap Rotary Engines

Sad.
There goes a bit of diversity and idiosyncrasy. Welcome to globalised sameness.

Sutripta
Sutripta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th June 2013, 09:51   #8
BHPian
 
Arch-Angel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Chn(Atrocity)
Posts: 552
Thanked: 276 Times
Default Re: Mazda to Scrap Rotary Engines

Has the production really stopped? I'll miss the sound of the RX 7's B13 from now. From my brother in the states, he said that even though the B13 displaces only 1.3L, its horsepower is close to 240 HP+. I felt that atleast rotaries should be kept alive for just this reason, poor gas mileage be damned!
Arch-Angel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rotary Centennial Vintage Car Parade(2005) turbolader Vintage Cars & Classics in India 19 10th December 2012 10:44
pioneer HU deh-p7750 rotary commander knob required urgently. clipto333 In-Car Entertainment 14 24th April 2007 12:16
HSBC / Rotary Club of Madras Car Rally Sun Feb 25th icar Shifting gears 0 6th February 2007 19:43


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 19:27.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks