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Ask Mazda @ 2008 NAIAS by RotaryNews.com
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 4:04pm

The staff of RotaryNews.com are once again gearing up to cover the North American International Autoshow, Jan 13-14 2008 from the great Motor City, Detriot, Mi! As we have done in the past, we'll be interviewing Mazda Execs. This year, we have time with Jim O'Sullivan (President & CEO, MNAO), Robert Davis (SVP, Motorsports, Product Development and Quality, MNAO) and Franz von Holzhausen (Design Director, MNAO).
From past experience, they won't comment on future product, just what is shown at the show, so please keep your comments focused on the new RX-8, 16X and Fuari. We will be posting the answers in the days following the Autoshow.

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subject:
New RX-8
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date:
January 7, 2008 - 4:31pm
Will the new RX-8 get the 16X engine in the 2010 model year, or will it be later? Or Earlier?
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subject:
Direct Injection
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date:
January 6, 2008 - 5:32pm
Is there any news on the Direct Injection system?
Might we expect at least a Pilot Injector?

Thank you,

Charles
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subject:
Reminder for something I've wanted to ask for a while
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date:
January 3, 2008 - 6:29pm
This question is more for the engineering/designer types:

Have you ever tried to remove the PPF? Why was it designed to be so heavy?! I mean, it is really heavy. Why can't this be designed to be lighter?
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subject:
16X + RX-8
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date:
December 31, 2007 - 4:48pm
1. Has a decision been made on the production naming of the 16X engine yet? Will it be a 16B or 16C engine as the "X" factor is understood to mean eXperimental.

2. Will Mazda offer this 16X engine in more than just a single vehicle & allow the buyer choice. The HB Cosmo (82-89) was offered as a rotary, piston, deisel choice for the buyer in 2-door + 4-door hardtop & 4-door sedan. So this is nothing Mazda haven't done before.

Mazda's pending low cost sporty coupe should offer the 16X + 2lt at the very least. As a piston only it will (yawn) fade into the background with every other manufacturers attempt to do the same. With a 16X (or 13B-MSP) rotary option its place in automotive history is assured & non RX-8 buyers will jump at it.

3. Mazda Australia have a very "anal" approach to any rotary powered product. With the new series-II RX-8 will they try to rip off the Aussie public again by charging a (retail) 100% mark up on the same car in Japan or 90% over the U.S version. Can some one from head office inform them that Aussie buyers do surf the internet & cringe at what reasonable prices the Japanese & U.S buyers get this car for.

For reference, they only do a 10% - 15% mark up on the M2 + M3 + M6.
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subject:
Ask Mazda
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date:
December 28, 2007 - 3:20am
03 + 04 model RX-8's are losing their IGN coils between 30,000km & 80,000km depending on how hard the car is driven. Its noted that many are changed under warranty & out of warranty owners can purchase replacement coils very cheaply for a back yard repair

(note: Coils on my personal RX-8 failed at 53,000km)

Will Mazda address this issue on the updated RX-8 (series-II) by adding ducted cooling to the coils (like the PCM container)or re-locating them away from the enclosed & hot engine.

Over temp issue contributed by undersized coils inability to dissapate heat onto the already (engine temp) heated base plate

REgards
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subject:
Ask Mazda
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date:
December 28, 2007 - 3:08am
With the fact that thousands of RX-2's, RX-3's & RX-7's are still out there on the streets & race tracks each week. How long will mazda support the spare parts program to help owners / racers keep their rotary rockets going.

E.G.... 12A rotors & rotor housings, side plates & seal kits etc etc.

REgards

(more questions coming as I think of them)
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subject:
Robert Davis , president?
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date:
December 24, 2007 - 4:10pm
You could ask them about the rumors that Robert Davis is being positioned as the replacement for Mr O'Sullivan and that it may happen soon:)
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subject:
naias
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date:
December 24, 2007 - 4:08pm
i want you to take me with you:)
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subject:
Technological state of the Mazda Rotary
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date:
December 23, 2007 - 8:36pm
Have there been any comparisons between r/e ratios in hardware? The new Mazda rotaries have lower r/e ratios than before. What are these new ratios? Will there be any SAE papers or other papers showing the improvements from these changes?

CW
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subject:
2008 Detroit Auto Show RX-8
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date:
December 22, 2007 - 5:22pm
Dear Sirs,
My question is: Will future EPA MPG and new proposed Green House restrictions work to limit future rotary car plans or is this where Mazdas little "sleeper" will pull ahead of the competition ? Please elaborate on the beautiful new concept vehicles.

I ask as a Buyer/owner of 2 new RX-8s (2004 and 2007)and a 1974 REPU owner purchased in 1980. I am completely satisfied with my 2007 RX-8
THANK YOU very much.

Tim Johnston
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