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Mazda will re­vive its ro­tary engine as a range ex­ten­der for hy­brid ve­hi­cles, but has not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of also hav­ing a car pow­ered solely by the new unit.

The firm has not had a ro­tary-en­gined road car in its line-up since the RX-8 went out of pro­duc­tion in 2012 but is in­ter­ested in rein­tro­duc­ing the tech­nol­ogy. Mazda’s Rxvi­sion con­cept (pic­tured), which was shown at the Tokyo mo­tor show in 2015, used such a pow­er­train.

How­ever, Mazda engine boss Mit­suo Hit­omi has now con­firmed that a ro­tary engine will ap­pear in a range ex­ten­der ver­sion of its first elec­tric ve­hi­cle, due in 2019.

When asked if Mazda was de­vel­op­ing a stand­alone ro­tary engine, Hit­omi said: “Even if there isn’t a plan to have it in an ac­tual prod­uct, of course we are de­vel­op­ing a ro­tary engine alone.”

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