Mazda Rotary Heritage - Model History | Part Two

Since the Cosmo Sport 110S, Mazda has produced the following cars powered by the Mazda rotary:

Mazda R100: A two door four seat coupé launched in 1968 and continued through to 1973.

Mazda R130 Coupé: A two door four seat coupé with Italian inspired styling, this was launched in 1969 and continued through to 1972.

Mazda RX2: A high performance coupé with the new 12A rotary, this car was launched in 1970 and ran until 1978.

Mazda RX-3: A sport coupé, this car was powered by the 10A engine, introduced in 1972 and produced for seven years until 1978.

Mazda RX-4: This saloon was launched in 1972 and ran until 1977.

Rotary Pickup: Exclusively sold in North America, it was produced for four years between 1973 and 1977.

Parkway Rotary 26: The world's only rotary powered bus was produced between 1974 and 1976.

Roadpacer AP: The first saloon to be powered by the new 13B RE, this car spent two years in production, 1975 – 1977.

Mazda RX-5: Mazda returned to coupés with this car, powered by a choice of 12A or 13B rotary. It went into production in 1975 and ceased production in 1981.

Mazda 929: Mazda installed its rotary engine in a large luxury car in 1977 and produced the Mazda 929 rotary until 1991.

Mazda RX-7: With 1,094,416 sold units, the Mazda RX-7 is the most popular rotary-engine car in the world. The Mazda RX-7 was refreshed and continuously developed between 1978 and 2002. It is expected that the car – due to its sporty design – will go down in the history of the International Motor Sports Association as the most successful model of its kind in the world.

Mazda Cosmo: 1981 – 1995, the Cosmo was the first to be fitted with a three rotor engine, the 20B REW.

continues... | Part Three
Published 21 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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