Mazda: no new RX without rotary engine
Ikuo Maeda is Mazda Motor's global design chief, who designed the RX-8 sports car, the legendary model equipped with rotary engine and with great success until 2012 when finally the last unit was produced.
The design chief of the Hiroshima carmaker wants now to resurrect the signature RX series and he told to Automotive News that any new RX model can not exist without the rotary engine that made the RX-8 famous worldwide.
So Mazda will not use the brand's new fuel-injected SkyActiv engines that is giving great satisfaction to Mazda. "The name is RX," and in Mazda's nomenclature, the R refers to "rotary engine" said Maeda.
The desire of the design chief, however, could clash with the ideas of CEO Masamichi Kogai, who last year said that RX sales would have to total 100,000 units a year to justify a revival. With smaller volumes the production of the model will not restart.