How to Drive Through a Roundabout

How to Drive Through a Roundabout
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Roundabout, traffic circle, rotary, gyratory, whatever you call these curving intersections they can be quite confusing to drivers that have never experienced one before. With yield signs, bike lanes and pedestrian crossings there’s a lot going on in a small area and plenty of opportunity to screw things up. But here are a few helpful… Continue Reading...

Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles

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Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles
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The history of the automobile has been dominated by vehicles equipped with piston-firing engines. Rarely does something completely different come along, and when it does, it usually fails miserably. One attempt to reinvent the passenger vehicle engine may have not had the smoothest of rides, but did last in the automotive industry for over 50… Continue Reading...

Retro Ride: 1993 Mazda RX-7 Review

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Retro Ride: 1993 Mazda RX-7 Review
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The 1990s was a great time for Japanese sports cars. Pretty much every manufacturer was building a world class performance machine including Mazda, with the third generation RX-7. But that was twenty years ago and what may have been great then, might not be any good today. So, we have gotten our hands on a… Continue Reading...

Commute, Toy or Destroy – Honda S2000 vs. Mazda RX-8 vs. Scion FR-S

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Commute, Toy or Destroy – Honda S2000 vs. Mazda RX-8 vs. Scion FR-S
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We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’. Continue Reading...

Commute, Toy or Destroy – Iconic Japanese Sports Cars

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Commute, Toy or Destroy – Iconic Japanese Sports Cars
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It’s not every day that AutoGuide launches a new weekly feature. Today, however, is not just any day; it’s first installment of an interactive segment we call ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’. Continue Reading...

Mazda Rotary Engine Returning thanks to Breakthrough

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Mazda Rotary Engine Returning thanks to Breakthrough
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It would have been easy to write rotary engines off the speculative books at Mazda — poor milage and questionable long-term reliability made traditional piston engines seem favorable to many.  Yet against the odds, the Japanese automaker seems to have found a formula to keep the smooth-spinning screamer alive in its lineup. Mitsuo Hitomi, general manager of… Continue Reading...

Mazda Reveals Rotary Engine On Twitter

Mazda Reveals Rotary Engine On Twitter
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The Wankel engine lives! Although recent reports have suggested otherwise, a tweet from Mazda’s PR department was posted in Japanese for their followers indicating a new generation rotary engine is in the works, and thus confirming a previous report stating that SkyActiv senior exec Kiyoshi Fujiwara is continuing development on the Wankel. Details on the rotary… Continue Reading...

Mazda Still Working On Rotary Engines, Could Be Ready By 2017

Mazda Still Working On Rotary Engines, Could Be Ready By 2017
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The RX-8’s days may be as limited as the Shinka, but the rotary engine isn’t. Mazda is still interested in furthering production of the Wankel, and they could have one ready by 2017 with Skyactiv technology. During the gap, engineers will work on improving the rotary’s mileage and oil-eating capabilities, as well as improving reliability…. Continue Reading...

Mazda Continuing to Develop Rotary Engine, Possible Audi Partnership in the Works

Mazda Continuing to Develop Rotary Engine, Possible Audi Partnership in the Works
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Rotaries may seem like a thing of the past these days, especially with Mazda preparing to retire the RX-8. But the Wankel-powered sports car won’t be the last Mazda to get the odd powerplant, thanks in part to a recent breakthrough. A recently big step forward for Mazda’s engineers is a newly developed laser ignition… Continue Reading...

Mazda Not Working On RX-9, RX-7 Rebirth A Possibility

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Mazda Not Working On RX-9, RX-7 Rebirth A Possibility
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Bad news for Mazda rotary engine enthusiasts – the company has no plans to build the RX-9 hybrid sports car, contrary to recent rumors. Even worse, minimal sales of the RX8 may jeopardize the Mazda rotary engine all together. Production of the Mazda RX-8 is drawing to a close, with U.S sales of just 291… Continue Reading...

Mazda RX-9 Could Get Hybrid Technology From Toyota

Mazda RX-9 Could Get Hybrid Technology From Toyota
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Here’s a fun question for your upcoming pub quiz: name the only hybrid rotary car ever produced. If you named the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid, then congratulations! But next year you might be able to name the RX-8’s successor, the aptly-named RX-9, as another car that’s hybrid Wankelin’. According to Mazda’s Hiroshima headquarters, the… Continue Reading...

REPORT: New Mazda RX-7, With Turbo Rotary, Coming In 2013

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REPORT: New Mazda RX-7, With Turbo Rotary, Coming In 2013
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All aboard the speculation train! The rumors surrounding Mazda’s new RX-7 don’t stop coming, and with the demise of the RX-8, its a safe bet that Mazda will follow up their quirky four-door sports car with something more conventional. Mazda is allegedly targeting the VW Scirocco as a rival for the new car, to be… Continue Reading...

Report: GM Investigating Rotary Engine For Next Chevrolet Volt

Report: GM Investigating Rotary Engine For Next Chevrolet Volt
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File this one under “completely out of left field.” GM engineers are looking for any possible way to cut costs from their Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and anything is currently on the table. Among the possibilities being investigated is a rotary engine, a powerplant long abandoned by nearly every automaker except Mazda, who still produces… Continue Reading...

Next Gen Mazda RX-8 May Get Twin-Spark Direct-Injection Rotary Engine

Next Gen Mazda RX-8 May Get Twin-Spark Direct-Injection Rotary Engine
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It appears as though Mazda will offer its RX-8 sports car with a rotary engine in the future and as the all-new second generation model is just around the corner, the Japanese automaker has been busy making improvements to the pistonless wonder. Last October Mazda filed for a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark… Continue Reading...