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Countdown to NAIAS 2006 - Request for Questions
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 11:48am

The 2006 North American International Autoshow media days start one month from today. RotaryNews.com will once again be covering the show, bringing you the latest Rotary News from Mazda (also check out our sister site: MazdaNews.com for other Mazda Releases.) We will be interviewing Moray S. Callum, General Manager, Design Division Mazda Corporate; and Franz von Holzhausen, the Design Director of Mazda North America.

Mazda will be showing the production version of the CX-7, the new Coupe concept, and Rotary Engine hybrid technology at the show. If you would like to ask a Mazda Executive a question, this is your chance! Leave a question in the comment section below, and we will try to get them answered by Moray, Franz, or another Mazda representative... And remember, they WILL NOT comment on future product whose press information has not been released yet!!

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subject:
Engines of the future?
author:
date:
January 13, 2006 - 12:50am
No Answers Yet,
Good might be in time to ask one more thing!
On the topic of engines,
It has been rumoured by many sources a larger capacity Renesis will power a future RX7. Will this be a re-hashed 15A naturally aspirated with renesis technology?
Also a reappearance of the faithful old 12A n/a again with Renesis technology?
Could this last engine (12A) be used in the proposed entry level rotary (RX3)?
Maybe in something like this?
http://www.mazda.com.au/articleZone5.asp?articleZoneID=4837
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subject:
Answers?
author:
date:
January 11, 2006 - 5:04pm
Any Answers yet?
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subject:
oh and another thing
author:
date:
January 5, 2006 - 4:16pm
Is the Mazda6 redesign only for those ones built here in the US? will it stay the same in the other markets?
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subject:
3 new US models
author:
date:
January 5, 2006 - 4:13pm
you may have heard this one already from me but-

Jim OSullivan is touting 3 new US models not including the CX-7. Could you ask these gentleman which 3 that would be? Im wondering if he means the production coupe based on the Kabura concept as well as the upsized redesigned Mazda6 and the CX-9(7seat version of cx-7)

and ask them if i can have their email addys so i can talk to them directly:)
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subject:
Rumours?
author:
date:
January 5, 2006 - 7:42am
I was wondering if the proposed entry level rotary (new RX3) had any truth to it?
http://ausrotary.dntinternet.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=79938&highlight=rx3
It was then said the proposed vehicle was the to be piston powered (disappointing).
If fuel consumption was an issue, why can't a 12A engine be fitted with renesis technology?
The New RX7 rumoured and a thread even ran on this in Ausrotary
http://ausrotary.dntinternet.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=89069.
The rumoured engine is of larger capacity.
Are mazda going to dust off the old 15A in Renesis form?
15A 73 experimental 737 x 2 = 1474 135/5750 BHPgross, 145/3500 lb-ft/rpm
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From: BRILLO Rotary Tech
author:
date:
December 24, 2005 - 11:15am
Can you get some info on the Hybrid DI rotary engine if you get the chance?

I would really like to know if the engine is all aluminum, 4port or 6port, which DI system they are using, the weight of the engine and if they are using batteries or capacitors
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subject:
new rotary technology
author:
date:
December 12, 2005 - 12:15pm
I asked before about direct injection applications in a rotary and got a "no comment". I'm so glad to see direct injected Renesis prototypes!! I'm also very enthusiastic about the gas-electric Renesis hybrid.

My questions:
Are you researching the use of direct-injection spark ignition, electrically assisted turbocharging, electric-gas hybrid Renesis all in one? This could be a perfect solution for a high power Renesis with lower emissions and fuel consumption!

What about the idea of skipping combustion cycles (similar to displacement-on-demand) to further improve fuel economy and reduce emissions at low load or cruising operation? This could be done in an alternating fashion to reduce torque variation and unwanted vibration. Is this doable?

Can smart idle stop be integrated into this as well?

Last but not least, Is Mazda ever going to produce an all-aluminum Renesis engine? With continuous advancements in engine design, metal forming, etc. competitors have surpassed the power/weight advantage of the current iron/Al rotary design. Mazda strives for lightweight in their cars, making the Renesis all-aluminum will be a big leap towards this goal.
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subject:
DOD was asked about to Jim Os
author:
date:
January 5, 2006 - 4:18pm
DOD was asked about to Jim Osullivan either last year or 2 years ago. His answer is here on RN somewhere look for the interview. But basically he said no they wont be doing it.
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subject:
Was naming the crossover the
author:
date:
December 9, 2005 - 6:25pm
Was naming the crossover the 'CX-7' just a cynical attempt to trade off the sporting reputation forged by the rx-7? Does this dilution of the moniker spell the end for any future 'rx-7'?

Why is Mazda US pushing hard to get the rotary engine strong visibility in motorsports for 2006 but displaying the new coupe as a 4-cylinder?

Why am I seemingly doomed to hold onto my ageing 1994 rx-7 forever instead of being able to buy a replacement?
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subject:
why is mazda limiting the rot
author:
date:
December 9, 2005 - 4:15am
why is mazda limiting the rotary to a 1300cc displament when all its rivals have increase displacement to up hp and stay NA?

is it cost efective to develop a 20b renesis for the rx-8 and any future rotary performance car? or is it easyer to increse the size of the 2 rotor engine?

why does mazda suport racing programs using the 20b and does not develop a 20b renesis as an opcion for a street car?

are you taking steps to upgrade the rx-8 performance?

has the rx-8 been a monetary succes for mazda?

does mazda think that if the rx-8 had a bit more power it wold have sold more in the us?
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subject:
Truck? Why?
author:
date:
December 8, 2005 - 5:15pm
Mazda,
Why are you still selling a pickup? Would you consider dropping the RENESIS or derivative into it and reviving the legendary REPU?
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subject:
Mazda RX-7
author:
date:
December 8, 2005 - 12:51pm
Dear Mazda Management,
Is there any activity related to a 4th generation RX-7? Is it possible to sell the Renesis in a -possibly modified- FD3S? Will there be future variations of the Renesis engine such as in displacement, number of rotors or high performance versions?
Thank You.
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subject:
Obvious: Next RX-7!
author:
date:
December 8, 2005 - 12:36pm
Dear Mr. Mazda Executive:
When can we expect to buy our next rotary-powered, lightweight, high-performance, affordable, two-seat, giant-killer coupe? My 1985 RX-7 is wearing out and I need a replacement within the decade, please.

Sincerely,
The Long-Suffering Mazda Rotary Fan.
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