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Mazda CEO Ruins the Holidays by Confirming Some Bad News



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It appears Mazda has no plans of building a sports car bigger than the current MX-5 Miata.

That means there’s a real good chance that for the time being, the Mazda RX-Vision concept won’t head to production as the RX-9, despite what has been reported in the past. Speaking to Automotive News, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai simply answered, 'No' when asked if the Japanese automaker has plans for a larger sports car entry. The question was a follow-up to whether Mazda would ever create an RX-8 sports car successor with a range extender, which Kogai replied: '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 exhilarating experience.'

As for whether the rotary engine will live on, Kogai was a bit more cryptic and wouldn’t give a definitive answer. 'But if we were to restart production of the rotary engine again, we need to make sure it wouldn’t be just short-lived,' he said. '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.'

So the good news is, Mazda is still working on developing a rotary engine, but it’s unlikely to show up in a new sports car.
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No surprises there. Mazda needs to get more market share before they can entertain the idea of such a halo car.
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Too bad, that car Looks great, but they'd be crazy to make anything other than an electric knowing the numbers a huge Tesla can make.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-13-2016, 10:27 AM
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^ what are you talking about? Mazda has no existing lithium batteries in any of their cars. Nor have they invested any R&D into electric vehicles
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Maybe they've shot themselves in the foot.

I think I can see what they're up to, with HCCI they are banking on ICE technology running longer and it's probably cheaper than the small engine turbo route the europeans have chosen.

Personally I think EVs will be upon us much sooner than predicted. I have a deposit on a Tesla model 3. Once that thing hits the market the EV arms race will be on for young and old. The rate city air pollution is going ICE vehicles will be more or less banned in the big cities world wide in 5 years.

GM and Honda are investing in Hydrogen but I think they've backed the wrong horse....time will tell on that one.
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Maybe they've shot themselves in the foot.



I think I can see what they're up to, with HCCI they are banking on ICE technology running longer and it's probably cheaper than the small engine turbo route the europeans have chosen.



Personally I think EVs will be upon us much sooner than predicted. I have a deposit on a Tesla model 3. Once that thing hits the market the EV arms race will be on for young and old. The rate city air pollution is going ICE vehicles will be more or less banned in the big cities world wide in 5 years.



GM and Honda are investing in Hydrogen but I think they've backed the wrong horse....time will tell on that one.

Gas vehicles are going to be banned in big cities across the world in 5 years? Com'n man, let's be just a tad be realistic. Even if EV's become extremely popular in the next 5 years the average person still can't afford them. Most people can't afford a $30k car. Even if they go down in price no my everyone is going to be ditching the millions of ICE vehicles already on the road and in dealer lots. It will be atleast 15 more years before we see any type of ban in big cities and atleast 30 years before a total ICE phaseout.


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Gas vehicles are going to be banned in big cities across the world in 5 years? Com'n man, let's be just a tad be realistic. Even if EV's become extremely popular in the next 5 years the average person still can't afford them. Most people can't afford a $30k car. Even if they go down in price no my everyone is going to be ditching the millions of ICE vehicles already on the road and in dealer lots. It will be atleast 15 more years before we see any type of ban in big cities and atleast 30 years before a total ICE phaseout.


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I agree it'll be some time before at total phase out, but with countries like Norway committed to having no new ICE vehicles sold post 2025 and Paris, Mexico City London and others all looking toward tougher restrictions and higher taxes to curb air pollution I can see EVs becoming more popular as ICE vehicles get taxed out of bigger cities. More sales means lower prices and more used EVs on the market.

For Mazda to be betting this won't happen is a big risk, just like Tesla betting on that it will.

I'd love to get my hands on a P100D with insane mode, 0-60mph in sub 3 sec
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