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Mazda Exec Stirs Rotary Return Hopes

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Writing about Mazda sometimes feels a little like being part of a flock of seagulls in “Finding Nemo.” Every once in a while, someone in Mazda’s global network says something about rotary engines coming back and everyone immediately sits bolt upright and stares at the speaker.


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Thus it was that I sat bolt upright and stared in the direction of England, as Mazda Europe’s vice president of communications, Wojciech Halarewicz, said in an interview that his personal dream of a new rotary sports car was getting closer due to Mazda’s electric aspirations. Apparently, since Mazda has been tapping the rotary engine for electric-car range extenders, it has ramped up investment in the technology.


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Halarewicz implied that Mazda might potentially bring a rotary sports car to market if electric and other sales volume increased enough. Specifically, he told publication Piston Heads, “[…] if you asked me if I want a rotary sports car at the top of the range, I’d say yes I’d love to have one. Many of my colleagues would too. So it’s a matter of keeping the sales growth going to make sure we can do one in the future.”

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Really, though, after the initial heavy-breathed excitement, this is pretty much in line with Mazda’s attitude toward the rotary engine. It will make a rotary engine if they make enough money and it makes sense to do so. So, I guess when Mazda comes out with its electric and hybrid cars, we all need to go out and buy it.

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Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.