Ever since the RX-8 went out of production seven years ago, Mazda has insisted that the rotary engine wasn't completely dead and that work continued within the company's walls in Hiroshima, Japan, on the engine. After announcing plans for an enlarged 16X architecture that never came to fruition, examining hydrogen and countless rumors of its return, Mazda confirmed that a Wankel would finally return as a small range extender for its first battery-electric car coming in 2019 and see work in an upcoming Toyota self-driving EV. None of those applications are likely what rotary enthusiasts ideally have in mind, but according to Mazda's vice president of R&D and design Masashi Otsuka, there's reason to hold onto a little hope that the engine can still come back in a larger capacity. In an interview with Jalopnik at the LA Auto show, Otsuka says that Skyactiv-X engine technology that will debut under the hood of the new Mazda3 in late 2019 could potentially be applied to the … [Read more...] about Mazda studying a rotary with Skyactiv-X technology
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President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to contrast General Motors, which he rebuked this week after the automaker announced plans to lay off thousands of U.S. workers as part of a broad restructuring move, with American steelmakers and other car makers. "Big Steel is opening and renovating plants all over the country," while "auto companies are pouring into the U.S.," he said in a tweet cheering the country's strong economic growth of late. So is Mr. Trump correct? Steel: Mostly false One steel company has disclosed plans to build a new plant in the U.S. Steel Dynamics this week said it's planning a new flat-rolled steel plant somewhere in the Southwest, with construction expected to start in 2020 and to start operating by the end of 2021. The facility will employ about 600 people and serve "southern U.S. energy and construction sectors, which consume considerable amounts of flat roll steel products." The factory will also make products geared to auto … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Are steel and auto companies investing big in the U.S.?
What’s 50 years old and in the best shape of its life? It’s not the shirtless guy that stars in cheesy fitness commercials on television. We’re talking about Subaru’s American division. Strong products and clever advertising allowed it to emerge from its niche and become one of the largest, most enviable auto-makers in America. It outsold Mazda and Volkswagen combined in 2017. It’s not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon, either. Subaru continued its model offensive at the New York auto show by introducing the all-new 2019 Forester. The crossover falls in line with the company’s most recent design language thanks in part to an upright front end characterized by styling cues like a hexagonal grille and c-shaped inserts in the lights. We sat down with Mamoru Ishii, the head of the company’s design department, to find out where the design language comes from and where it’s going next. Speaking through an interpreter, Ishii told us … [Read more...] about Subaru has some wild designs planned, and we spoke to the mind behind them
By AppleInsider Staff Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 07:52 pm PT (10:52 pm ET) After promising future support for Apple's CarPlay earlier this month, Mazda on Wednesday revealed two upcoming models will boast integration with the infotainment system, with the first set to launch this summer. Mazda's first CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible model will be the 2018 Mazda6, the automaker's popular mid size sedan. The announcement was made during a presentation at the New York International Auto Show, where Mazda detailed a range of new cars and corporate initiatives. On Mazda6, CarPlay will be standard on Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels, leaving Sport as the lone trim that goes without. Apple's in-car connectivity interface will be displayed on an 8-inch screen running Mazda Connect, the marque's proprietary infotainment system. Introduced at the LA Auto Show in 2017, the 2018 Mazda6 is rolling out at dealerships this spring. Customers who … [Read more...] about Mazda gives in, to deliver Apple CarPlay support with 2018 Mazda6
One thing that sticks out about Mazda is their frugality. Their cars are about less being more — less weight, fewer cylinders, more space efficiency inside. Some of this is actually a necessity because, in the great scheme of the global auto industry, Mazda is a small company. They still have the occasional tie-up with Ford or Toyota, but Mazda mostly develops cars by itself. While it sounds like the company is making life difficult for itself, it can at least stick to its core belief that cars are all about driving. “We love cars and want people to enjoy fulfilling lives through cars,” says Masashi Otsuka, vice president of R&D and design for Mazda North America. But what does that look like in an increasingly electrified and automated world? Mazda isn’t exactly buying into the rush for plug-ins and self-driving technology. In fact, it’s doubling down on the internal combustion engine. Yes, even after governments spent much of last year pushing for … [Read more...] about Mazda wants to perfect the internal combustion engine before we give it up