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

The staff of 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.

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3 Rotor Mazda Fuari and revised RX-8 at NAIAS 2008
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 9:00am

Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premieres of the Mazda Furai concept vehicle and the heavily revised new Mazda RX-8 sports car at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), to be held in Detroit from Sunday, January 13 through Sunday, January 27, 2008. On the heels of its show-stopping debut at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show in October, the Mazda Taiki concept vehicle also will make its North American debut, the first time it has been shown outside Japan. Additionally, Mazda will have a special display of racecars on its stand during the press days, and the full lineup of production cars for consumers to sample on the public days.

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How Mazda Makes a Rotary Engine
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Friday, October 5, 2007 - 4:40pm

Mazda Japan has released a very interesting set of small videos that detail how it creates and builds its Rotary Engines.

In these English captioned videos, Mazda's RE craftsmen explain the four basic steps of the rotary engine manufacturing processes; casting, machining, sub-assembly (rotors) and main (engine) assembly and final QC inspection.

We found these interesting enough to share with all of our RN.Com readership.

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Mazda's Far Out Rotary Sports Concept: Taiki powered by the 16X
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, October 1, 2007 - 10:28pm

Today, Mazda announced their 2007 Tokyo Autoshow lineup, including the far-out coupe concept the TAIKI, and the next generation Rotary Engine: the 16X. The Mazda Taiki continues the evolution of the Nagare design theme, following in the footsteps of the Mazda Nagare, Mazda Ryuga, and Mazda Hakaze concept vehicles. As the fourth in the series, Mazda Taiki further advances and refines the theme through a fusion of the Nagare (flow) design concept and real-world technologies, such as a next-generation rotary engine and enhanced aerodynamic performance. Mazda Taiki sets a new ideal for the front-engine rear-drive sports car of the future.

Next Generation RENESIS (Rotary Engine 16X)

In developing the next-generation RENESIS, Mazda made a thoroughgoing revision of engine dimensions including the trochoid rotor housing, adopting a longer stroke and larger displacement of 1600cc (800cc x 2) aimed to raise thermal efficiency and boost torque at all engine speeds. By employing the Hydrogen RE design policy of a direct injection system and aluminum side housing, as well as various other measures, we are further promoting the rotary engine’s merits of light weight and compact size.

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SevenStock X Wrap-Up
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 11:15am

Rotary Nirvana. RX-7 Heaven. The Best Yet. SevenStock X was the place to be last weekend if you even remotely consider yourself a Rotorhead. The event started 10 years ago as a little BBQ, the first large get together of the SoCal RX-7 club. Since 1997, many things have changed. The club exploded in membership, changed their name to SoCal RX Club, and they turned the yearly little BBQ to the largest Rotary Event in the WORLD! Not only was this a special anniversary of the event, but it is also a special anniversary of the Rotary Engine at Mazda. In 1967, the rotary powered Mazda Cosmo 110s was introduced to the world. 40 years later, the rotary revolution is going strong, and SevenStock marked the dual anniversary in a spectacular way, with the theme centered on rotary heritage.

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Tokyo Autoshow 2007 Preview
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 8:30pm

UPdate: The news is out: Mazda will be showing the Taiki and the 16X Long-Stroke Rotary Engine at Tokyo this year.Read this article for all the information

One of our favorite Japanese Magazines has a 'scoop' on what Mazda will be displaying at the 2007 Tokyo Autoshow, this October 2007. Following on the Nagere, Ryuga, Senku, and Hakaze concepts, this is the 'final' concept Mazda will show in the 'flow' series. Some of these lines have already made it into production cars, like the new Mazda 6, and some minor face lifts in the Mazda 3, and 5. (Also expect to see a face-lifted RX-8 coming this winter). The bigger news, however is just that. Bigger....

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Mazda and Sirius Bring Double Zoom to Targa Newfoundland Rally
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, September 10, 2007 - 3:40pm

- Two-Car Team to Take On the Competition in Two Different Classes -

(Richmond Hill, ON)
: Mazda Canada and SIRIUS Canada have teamed up to enter two fierce contenders in the 2007 Targa Newfoundland Rally: a rotary engine-powered Mazda RX-8 and a turbo-charged MAZDASPEED3.

From September 8th to 15th, the cars will compete in the 6th annual Targa Newfoundland rally. The event will cover more than 2,000 kilometres of challenging, twisty roads throughout central and eastern Newfoundland, including 400 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Mazda to Deliver Rotary Hydrogen Vehicle to Japan's METI
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, September 10, 2007 - 12:48pm

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the company is to deliver one dual-fueled RX-8 Hydrogen Rotary Engine (RE) vehicle to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) on August 1, 2007. The dual-fuel system enables the driver to select either gasoline or hydrogen fuel with the flick of a switch. METI will use the RX-8 Hydrogen RE in its daily operations. The delivery to METI will mark the eighth hydrogen rotary engine vehicle to be leased to government bodies and private enterprises and the first time that Japan’s central government has adopted a hydrogen vehicle for its daily operations.

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SevenStock X - Today!
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, September 10, 2007 - 8:59am

SevenStock-X starts in just 10 days! Thanks to your support, the entire rotary community, this event has gotten bigger every year, last year it was so big we had to find more real estate. Our world famous event of all things rotary is once again being held at Mazda North American Operations, 7755 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92623.

The weekend kicks off Friday Night with a fundraiser at K1 Speed Indoor Kart Track, 17221 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 Start the festivities with a meet and greet... Rotary enthusiast from around the globe and Mazda staff will be there. This will give you a chance to speak with fellow RE lovers and get in on the race action, all for a great cause!

Then the big day, the folks at Mazda are once again allowing us to hold this great event at their beautiful headquarters in Irvine, California. So mark your calendars, get your RX cars ready and find any way you can to get here on Saturday September 22nd, and the 21st-22nd for entire weekends worth of SevenStock activies. Of course we'll have music, food, t-shirts, seminars, giveaways, "The Raffle", and of course tons of Rotary cars!. Spread the word, this is the DO NOT miss event of the year! Stay tuned to the official SevenStock-X website, for more information...

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MazdaSpeed/SpeedSource RX-8 GT 1st Place at Daytona Brumos Porsche 250!
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, July 9, 2007 - 6:08pm

Daytona Beach, FL -- With prophetic words in his post-Mid-Ohio interview, SpeedSource owner Sylvain Tremblay couldn't be entirely happy with second place, saying, "Mazda wants us to win. We come to these races to win." Under a clear night sky at the Brumos Porsche 250 in Daytona July 5, Tremblay and co-driver Nick Ham did exactly that.

With Ham's quick lap of 1:52.681 in qualifying, the Florida-based No. 70 SpeedSource Mazdaspeed GT RX-8 started from pole and never looked back, taking the team's third win of the Grand-Am Rolex Series season by over 9 seconds. It was the win they needed - salve for the results at Lime Rock and Watkins Glen, and inspiration for the Iowa-Barber pairing in the weeks to come.

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