The feature setting Mazda's NSU-Wankel apart from other engine types is unique, triangular rotor housing. The three chambers between the rotor and inner wall of the rotor housing expand and contract in a seamless cycle.
When Mazda first announced plans to retire the RX-8, many thought that it would inevitably be the end of the rotary engine, too...especially with pending legislation, mandating higher fuel economy standards. We cannot deny the NSU-Wankel rotary engine is a gas guzzler. However, senior officials at Mazda support the development of a more fuel efficient variant and indicate that elements from Mazda's advanced, fuel-efficient SKY ACTIV TECHNOLOGY could help.
When does Mazda plan to introduce a new, more fuel-efficient rotary engine? They actually have yet to set a date in stone. Kiyoshi Fujiwara, Global Product Design Chief, Mazda has, however, has said he would like Mazda to bring the next-generation rotary engine into production, within six years.
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