To reverse the worsening situation with its global sales, Mazda turns to new models and brings back a rotary engine, NikkeiAsia reports.
The company’s global sales for the fiscal year (ends in March) are reckoned to decline to 1.3 million units (- 8% from 2019). A record final loss of 90 billion yen ($870 million) is expected.
To save its position, Mazda is going to launch new high-performance large models. It is about SUVs – successors to the existing CX-5 and CX-8, with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive.
Such SUVs are naturally more expensive than Mazda’s exisiting models, so the company will be trying to cut costs as much as possible for sales not to suffer.
Production will start in early 2022 at the plant in Hofu. The mentioned engines will be 3.0 or 3.3-liter ones – gasoline, diesel, Skyactiv-X, mostly mild hybrid.
Another key will be the revival of Mazda’s iconic rotary engine (in the photo), in which a triangular rotor rotates inside a cylinder to perform air intake, compression and combustion. This engine is compact and has high output with low vibration.
The Mazda MX-30, the first mass-produced electric vehicle of the brand, will be the first one with the rotary engine, starting in H1 2022. Mazda wants to double the range from 200 (124 mi) to 400 km (248.6 mi).
Mazda will place electric cars, simple mild hybrids and rotary-equipped EVs in its “small products group”.
The carmaker will also strengthen the electrification technology for large vehicles: plug-in hybrid tech will be available for them.