Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Get a New Mission in the Mazda2

2013 Mazda2Mazda has a new prototype in the works as the company experiments with hybrid technology and California’s rigid zero-emission requirements.

Though Mazda’s new CEO, Masamichi Kogai, originally stated future production of Mazda’s rotary engine would remain halted, that same rotary engine is now being used to transform the Mazda2 hatchback into an extended-range hybrid.

For now, Mazda is calling it the Rotary Engine Range Extender, or RE Range Extender for short.

There are still no plans at the moment to enter this vehicle into production, but as engineers continue to “tinker” with the technology, its benefits may prove worthy of pulling the rotary engine out of retirement.

The RE Range Extender is powered with an electric motor. A 0.33-liter rotary engine uses fuel to recharge a lithium-ion battery. With the modified engine, the RE Range Enxtender could see a range of 248 miles, twice that of the current all-electric Mazda2.

“We are the first and only manufacturer to commercialize the rotary engine,” Kogai told Automotive News in regard to the company’s decision to hang on to the rotary engine even without current plans to continue its use. “In that respect we have some responsibility.”

Based on the present possibilities resulting from Mazda engineers’ tinkering, the rotary engine could become a more valuable option in the near future. We at Bakersfield Mazda will wait with you to see what the automaker decides to do.

IIHS Ranks Mazda3 as a Top Safety, Rating 10, Small Car Pick

2013 is here and well into the year. With winter about to take place, are you considering a new car, truck or suv? Today, small cars are becoming more popular with the rising gas prices, but hopefully safety at the top of your “must have” list. In 2012 there were 25,580 fatal crashes. These accidents occurred from drunk driving, speeding, distractions and bad weather. Mazda engineers have recognized this tragedy and wanted to create a small fuel efficient car the drivers and passengers can feel safe in. This year, the Mazda3 tops the Insurance Institute Highway Safety (IIHS) lists Top Safety Picks for small cars.

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It is rare to have a 10 point rating from the IIHS rankings. Taking into consideration the toughest safety tests including moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover and rear impact, the car must score a good score in all areas of occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests. Car models can rank anywhere from poor, marginal, acceptable to good marks. The Mazda3 has past all of these test with flying colors and has received a 10 for a combination other features including top performance, quality, reliability, style, technology and comfort.

MSN Auto reviews the small car with top safety ratings, fuel saving SkyActive technology, great power, style, comfort and more. At the Bakersfield Mazda Dealership in Bakersfield, CA find new and used Mazda3 models. The 2014 Mazda3 is a small sedan available in one of five different trim levels for optimal customization. Stop by the Bakersfield Mazda dealer today and see what you think!