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Mazda Furai at NAIAS - Video
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 5:36pm was invited to an early morning press conference dress rehearsal at NAIAS on Monday morning in Cobo Hall. While we knew the Furai would be shown, we did not know they would be rocking the hall with 3 Rotor music. More to come from, including answers to your questions and more from Mazda. Click through to see the Video!

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Official Mazda Furai Press Release
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 9:03am




NAGARE: (pronounced
“na-ga-reh”), Japanese for flow

the embodiment of motion

FURAI:     (pronounced “foo-rye”),
Japanese for sound of the wind


Furai is the sort of car that could
only come from a company that incorporates the “Soul of a Sports Car” into
everything it builds, but with an eye toward the future and the environment
through the use of renewable fuels. 
Driving toward sustainability, Furai was initially tuned to operate on
100 percent ethanol fuel, the first time a racing three-rotor rotary engine has
been fueled by ethanol.  

Research continues in earnest with partner BP into other renewable and
future fuels, including ethanol gasoline blends like E10.

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Official 2009 RX-8 Press Release
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 8:57am

2009 MAZDA RX-8:



Launched in 2003, the Mazda RX-8 hit the global market with a serious
bang.  The RX-8 has won more than
50 global awards since its release including 2003 RJC Car of the Year in Japan
Australia's Wheels

magazine's Car of the Year for 2003, 2003 International Engine of the Year,
2004 Singapore Car of the Year, the 2004 U.S. Best Sports Car and UK Car of the
Year 2004.  It was also named on Car and Driver
magazine's Ten Best list for 2004, 2005, and 2006.  All together, Mazda has sold nearly
167,000 RX-8s around the world.

For 2009, Mazda will further the evolution of the four-door, four-seater
sports coupe, giving RX-8 a refreshed exterior and interior design, enhanced
performance and a new R3 sport package for the ultimate driving enthusiast.

Unchanged is the core of the RX-8 – a high-powered, lightweight
and perfectly balanced machine powered by the world-renowned twin-rotor RENESIS
rotary engine.

“Dating back to the Cosmo Sport released in 1967, every sports car ever
developed by Mazda has had the same fundamental mission – to provide car
lovers with a vehicle that’s fun-to-drive, exciting to look at and easy to
own,” said Tetsu Nakazawa, Mazda North American Operations’ RX-8 vehicle line
manager.  “The 2009 RX-8 embodies
that mission, conveying the unique and distinctive Mazda brand DNA to the

To enhance the highly successful RX-8, Mazda engineers focused on
innovation in three key areas for the 2009 RX-8: styling, performance and
packaging.  “The enhancements made
to RX-8’s exterior, interior, packaging and performance takes it to a whole new
level of visual and driving excitement,” remarked Nakazawa.

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Series 2 RX-8 Images Released
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 7:30am

With NAIAS and the Tokyo Auto salon just days away, Mazda released some teaser images of the revised RX-8 (known as the major-minor change) without an accompanying press release. MotorAuthority has more low resolution photos. Enjoy, and look for our coverage of NAIAS starting this weekend!

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RX-8 Leads GT Pack At Grand-Am Daytona-24 Hour Test Days
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:16pm

Motorsport.Com reports that a total of 39 GT cars took to the Daytona high banks for the three-day test, with the No. 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 posting the quickest time. Seventeen-year-old Robert Thorne set the quick lap of 1:50.617 in the rotary-powered entry. Thorne shares the car with Ken Dobson and Bob and Jim Michaelian.

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Convertable RX-8 shown at First Cargo Shipment 2008 Ceremony
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, January 7, 2008 - 12:04pm

Mazda Motor Corporation held its annual ceremony marking the first product shipment of the year at the company's cargo dock near its headquarters in Hiroshima. Hisakazu Imaki, Mazda's representative director, president and CEO, together with other Mazda senior executive officers and employees lead the parade in a White Convertible RX-8! However, don't get your hopes up yet, this RX-8 is a one off Series-I, created to be used as a parade car for events in the Hiroshima area for Mazda.

Update: This is a one-off creation used for Hiroshima-home town events that Mazda participates in. The car has no plans of being put into production.

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YARR! Yet Another RX-9 Rendering
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Thursday, January 3, 2008 - 6:02pm

This time, the rendering come to us from the FoMoCo Forums. Everyone is guessing at what the next Mazda Rotary product will be. One of FoMoCo Japanese members emailed it in "saying the real vehicle will be close." See our R^3 Rotary Rumors Roundup article for our perspective on all the crazy rumors going on. Or ask a question to a Mazda Executive! We will be interviewing the Mazda's president, VP and Head Designer at NAIAS on Monday the 14th. Ask your question here

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2007 R^3 (Rotary Rumors Roundup)
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, December 31, 2007 - 10:43am

There are a ton of rumors going around lately. We have a somewhat unique perspective on the rotary world, so lets go through the RX-9, Kabura, RX-7, RX-8, 16X and Furai rumors.

RX-9/Kabura The Winding Road rendered what they though the RX-9 would look like. This rendering is based on the Kabura, and is what they think the next RX-Coupe would look like, based on conversations with Mazda execs, designers and engineers. We agree to a certain point. However, the bean-counters have a huge grip on what Mazda produces. In the 1970's the engineers and designers basically had free reign, and produced what they wanted. These days, committees, design reviewers, and MBA Finance types have more say in future product than the engineers. If it can't make money, it won't be produced.

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Mazda Furai - First Shots!
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:19pm

Here are the first pics for the 3 Rotor Furai Concept:

These real shots come from Automobile (and thanks to Edmunds for letting the cat out of the bag before press time). Due out at the Detroit Autoshow Jan 13-14, the car may go through one or two more changes from the photos you see here, paint scheme, etc.

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Japanese Mag Renders - 2009 RX-8
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, December 24, 2007 - 10:00am

Based off some of the spy shots, and combining themes from newly release models, a Japanese magazine predicts the new face of the RX-8. Five years after it was introduced, the RX-8 will go through a major-minor change (similar to the 1999 RX-7, or 1989 RX-7). Mazda is very tight lipped about the inclusion of the 16-X in the RX-8. Knowing how long they have been working on the long-stroke, (5+ years) it is a (Edit: very very slight) possibility that the larger rotary will make it into the new RX-8.

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