Exploring the Legacy of Mazda’s Rotary Engine: From Cosmo Sport to MX-30 e-SKYACTIV R-EV – 2 Million Units and Counting

2023-11-17 10:41:15

A rotary engine is an engine with a unique structure that uses the rotational motion of a triangular rotor to generate power. The first Mazda equipped with a rotary engine was the Mazda Cosmo Sport (Mazda 110S) launched in 1967. Since then, Mazda has continued to refine the capabilities of its rotary engines, making improvements in output, fuel economy and durability, and maintaining its position as the only global automaker to mass-produce rotary engines for many years. Mazda resumed production after 11 years after discontinuing the Mazda RX-8 in 2012. In June this year, Mazda’s 12th rotary engine car: MX-30 e-SKYACTIV R-EV began mass production in June 2023. Sales will begin in November 2023. Mazda Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Takeshi Mukai issued the following statement regarding total production reaching 2 million vehicles. “The rotary engine is a special part of Mazda’s history and represents our ‘never-ending spirit of challenge.’ The rotary engine is loved by customers around the world, and we are excited to resume production and see it make a comeback. I would like to take this opportunity A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us on this journey, especially the many customers who have purchased rotary engine vehicles, our rotary engine fans and all business partners involved in development and production. Going forward, we will continue to carry this legacy forward “Spirit of non-stop challenge” to provide attractive vehicles that provide our customers with an exciting driving experience even in the era of electrification.” Mazda will continue to pursue the joy of driving with people as its core value, through Create touching experiences in customers’ daily lives and deliver the joy of life. Extended reading: Rotary engine opens a new chapter! Mazda officially launches the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV Mazda rotary engine schedule July 1961 Technical cooperation with Novosibirsk State University (NSU) and Wankel May 1967 The rotary engine is announced to be completed, Mazda Cosmo Sport (Mazda 110S) was launched in July 1968. Mazda Familia Rotary coupe (Mazda R100 coupe) was launched in October 1969. Mazda Luce Rotary coupe (Mazda R130 coupe) was launched in May 1970. Mazda Capella Rotary series (Mazda RX-2 ) was launched in September 1971. Mazda Savanna (Mazda RX-3) was launched in November 1972. The second generation Mazda Luce Rotary series (Mazda RX-4) was launched in June 1973. Total rotary engine vehicle production reached 500,000 units. February 1974 The second-generation Mazda Capella (Mazda RX-2) was launched in April 1974. The Mazda Rotary Pickup (REPU) was launched in North America. In July 1974, the Mazda Parkway Rotary 26 was launched. In April 1975, the Mazda Roadpacer AP was launched in October 1975. The first-generation Mazda Cosmo AP (Mazda RX-5) was launched in October 1977. The third-generation Mazda Luce (Mazda 929L) was launched in March 1978. The first-generation Mazda Savanna RX-7 was launched in March 1978. The total production of rotary engine vehicles reached 1 million in November 1978. The 3rd generation Mazda Cosmo and the 4th generation Luce Roround series (Mazda 929) were launched in Taiwan in November 1981. The 2nd generation Mazda Savanna RX-7 (Mazda RX-7) was launched in October 1985. Total rotary engine vehicle production volume in April 1986 Reached 1.5 million units. The fifth-generation Mazda Luce (Mazda 929) was launched in September 1986. The fourth-generation Mazda Cosmo (Eunos Cosmo) was launched in April 1990, equipped with a three-rotor engine. In June 1991, the Mazda 787B won the 59th Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race champion December 1991 The third generation Mazda RX-7 (ɛfini RX-7) is launched April 2002 The last Mazda RX-7 limited edition model Spirit R series is launched April 2003 Mazda RX-8 is launched 2011 The last Mazda RX-8 special edition model Spirit R was launched in November 2012 Mazda RX-8 was discontinued in June 2023 Mazda MX-30 e-SKYACTIV R-EV was put into production in October 2023 Total rotary engine vehicle production Reached 2 million units
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