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Mazda RX-8 may be exiting

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Mazda RX-8 may be exiting

BY STEPHEN MARKLEY

CARS.COM

Will 2011 be the last model year for the Mazda RX-8 in North America?

Motor Trend's sources think so. The RX-8 is the only rotary-powered production car, and Mazda has already announced it will end sales of the RX-8 in Europe when new, stricter emissions standards take effect.

The RX-8 meets all U.S. emissions standards, but after selling only 128 models in April -- and 428 so far this year -- dropping the low-volume sports car probably makes financial sense.

It's built in Japan and shipped here, an expensive proposition for little reward.

As far as rotary-powered vehicles go, Mazda might reintroduce the RX-7 for 2013.

The RX-7 was another rotary car that disappeared from the U.S. in 1995, was discontinued in 2002 and was replaced two years later by the RX-8.

The RX-7 was also a two-door, two-seat sports car, while the outgoing RX-8 is a four-door, four-seater.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100513/BUSINESS01/5130369/1210/business01/Mazda-RX-8-may-be-exiting

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this has been talked about for a looooong time

last speculation I saw said Mazda was probably going to bring out 2 models: an RX-7 and an RX-9

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