Mazda CEO confirms RX-7 to be retired |

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Published on December 8th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Mazda CEO confirms RX-7 to be retired

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Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said that there is no plan for a sports car larger than the Miata in the works, let alone one with a new rotary engine. When asked about the proposed RX-7 replacement with a hybrid powertrain, Kogai said, “I think that as a sports car option, the MX-5 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter conventional engine, with its power and acceleration, might be a more thrilling experience.”

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But it’s not all bad news. Kogai remained positive on the possibility of a new rotary engine in future products, pending it’s able to meet all emissions tests and provide enough power. “But if we were to restart production of the rotary engine again, we need to make sure it wouldn’t be just short-lived. We need it to meet future emissions regulations. We are still conducting our R&D activity to overcome any issues we have with emissions and fuel efficiency.”

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