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Mazda to Discard V6 Engine, Plans to Develop Skyactive Rotary Engines

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When premium carmakers such as BMW and Audi put so much focus on their four-cylinder powerplants, it's only reasonable that mainstream brands like Mazda do the same.

Currently, the Japanese carmakers offers a larger V6 engine on its Mazda6 sedan and CX-9 crossover, but that won't be the case with their successors. Speaking to Car & Driver magazine, Robert Davis, Mazda’s senior vice president of U.S. Operations, told the publication that it has no plans to develop a next generation V6 under it SkyActive program.

Instead, it will focus on making its larger cars lighter and offer turbocharged versions of its four-cylinder engines.

Davis was also asked about the future of Mazda's Rotary engine. According to the Mazda official, the company will continue its development applying the same core technologies found in other SkyActive products including more-efficient transmissions. He added that Mazda is also exploring the idea of using a new rotary engine as an electric generator.

When asked about the next generation of the popular MX-5 / Miata, Davis said that it too will benefit from the firm's SkyActive program and that it will be lighter than the current model. In addition, he said that the company is preparing some very special editions of the compact roadster model.


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8 Comments:

Zeddy said... »April 18, 2012

Go Mazda!

Nilreps said... »April 18, 2012

the last time Mazda developed a v-6 engine was in the 90's. they stopped doin those kind of engines long ago anyway. the v-6 in the current mazda's models are from FoMoCo. Mazda is basically going broke and is in deep trouble and their desperately looking for a partner. i predict Chrysler-Fiat will step in.

James said... »April 18, 2012

YES! Stock with the roots Mazda. The Rotary is the best engine you've ever made. Can't wait to see the engine.

Oh said... »April 19, 2012

Hearing about Rotaries making a come back makes me as happy as that Miata.

Smart Thinking said... »April 19, 2012

Not quite so basic. Fords Duratec and Ecoboost variants owe their existence to the Mazda MZR engine. And while Ford continue to use this core design to build on into the future, Mazda have discontinued it in favour of developing the new SkyActive-G engine.

The SkyActive engines are an appealing asset for Mazda to offer, as manufacturing rights to a new lumbering partner. Exactly what Mazda did over a decade ago with the MZR when Ford came knocking for new tech to revive their own tired 4-cyl range. Nothing desperate for Mazda here, just smart thinking that's bankable in the long term.

Toronado_II said... »April 19, 2012

Hoping that the rotary engine finally ends up with an outstanding performance one of these days (compare with L4 and V6 engines).

3Deuce27 said... »April 19, 2012

Really!?

They have to be on to something, a major development for fuel efficiency  and lowering pollution output to pursue a shift to rotaries in this expensive fuel environment and quest for high mileage and environmental concerns. 

Mralp1 said... »April 20, 2012

Let's go Mazda.  I'm looking forward to the new 6 and want it in my garage ASAP.  I wonder if they will bring back the MS6? 

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