Mazda has produced more than two million rotary engine vehicles

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the total production volume of Mazda rotary engine vehicles has surpassed two million units.

The first vehicle Mazda equipped with a rotary engine was the Mazda Cosmo Sport (Mazda 110S), introduced in 1967. From there, Mazda continued to refine the performance of their rotary engines improving output, fuel economy, and durability, and maintaining their position as the only automaker mass-producing rotary engines for many years.

In June this year, Mazda resumed production of rotary engine vehicles for the first time in eleven years after having ended production of the Mazda RX-8 in 2012.

Commenting on reaching the 2 million rotary engine production mark, Takeshi Mukai, Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer at Mazda, said: “the rotary engine is a special part of Mazda history and represents our ‘never-stop challenging spirit.’ The rotary engine is much loved by customers around the world, and we are excited to resume production and see it make a comeback. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us on this journey—in particular, the many customers who have purchased rotary engine vehicles, our rotary engine fans, and all our business partners who were involved in development and production. Moving forward, we will continue to pass on this ‘never-stop challenging spirit,’ offering attractive vehicles that provide our customers with an exciting driving experience even in the age of electrification.”

Mazda Rotary Engine Timeline

July 1961                             Technical tie-up with NSU and Felix Wankel

May 1967                            Completion of the rotary engine announced. and Mazda Cosmo Sport
(Mazda 110S) launches.

Mazda Cosmo Sport

July 1968                             Mazda Familia Rotary coupe (Mazda R100 coupe) launches.

Mazda R100 coupe

October 1969                    Mazda Luce Rotary coupe (Mazda R130 coupe) launches.

Mazda R130 Luce coupe

May 1970                            Mazda Capella Rotary series (Mazda RX-2) launches.

  Mazda Capella Rotary series (Mazda RX-2)

September 1971               Mazda Savanna (Mazda RX-3) launches.

Mazda Savanna (RX-3)

November 1972               2nd Generation Mazda Luce Rotary series (Mazda RX-4) launches.

2nd Generation Mazda Luce

June 1973                            Total rotary engine vehicle production volume reaches 500,000.

February 1974                   2nd Generation Mazda Capella (Mazda RX-2) launches.

2nd Generation Mazda Capella (Mazda RX-2)

April 1974                           Mazda Rotary Pickup (REPU) launches in North America

Mazda Rotary Pickup (REPU)

July 1974                             Mazda Parkway Rotary 26 launches.

Mazda Parkway Rotary

April 1975                           Mazda Roadpacer AP launches.

Mazda Roadpacer

October 1975                    2nd Generation Mazda Cosmo AP (Mazda RX-5) launches.

Mazda Cosmo AP (Mazda RX-5)

October 1977                    3rd Generation Mazda Luce (Mazda 929L) launches.

Mazda Luce (Mazda 929L)

March 1978                        1st Generation Mazda Savanna RX-7 (Mazda RX-7) launches.

Mk1 RX-7 and rotary production reaches 1million cars

November 1978               Total rotary engine vehicle production volume reaches 1 million.

November 1981               3rd Generation Mazda Cosmo and 4th Generation Luce Rotary series

October 1985                    2nd Generation Mazda Savanna RX-7 (Mazda RX-7) launches.

Mk2 RX-7

April 1986                           Total rotary engine vehicle production volume reaches 1.5 million.

September 1986               5th Generation Mazda Luce (Mazda 929) launches.

April 1990                           4th Generation Mazda Cosmo (Eunos Cosmo) launches, equipped with a three-rotor rotary engine.

Eunos Cosmo

June 1991                            Mazda 787B wins the 59th 24 Hours of Le Mans.

December 1991                3rd Generation Mazda RX-7 (ɛ̃fini RX-7) launches.

3rd generation RX-7

April 2002                           The last Mazda RX-7 limited edition model, Spirit R Series, launches.

April 2003                           Mazda RX-8 launches.

Mazda RX-8

November 2011               The last Mazda RX-8 special edition vehicle, Spirit R, launches.

June 2012                            Production of the Mazda RX-8 ends.

June 2023                            Production of the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV starts.

October 2023                    Total rotary engine vehicle production volume reaches 2 million.

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