USA: Mazda revises RX-8 horsepower figures, offers compensation - report
Mazda is cutting the advertised horsepower figure for its crucial new rotary-engine-powered RX-8 sports car in the United States, according to WardsAuto.com.
A Mazda spokesman told WardsAuto.com that the new, four-door RX-8, powered by the company's signature engine that uses trochoid-shaped rotors instead of conventional pistons, makes slightly less power than originally billed - the higher-power version of the rotary produces 238 hp rather than the 247 hp Mazda originally specified while the lower-power rotary, sold with automatic transmission, develops 197 hp instead of the 207 hp Mazda first indicated.
The spokesman told WardsAuto.com that the difference comes from actual horsepower figures derived after emissions certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency while the original horsepower figures were estimates developed prior to the actual EPA certification process.
The RX-8 officially went on sale in early July and customers who already have taken delivery or who ordered the car prior to August 26 will be offered free scheduled maintenance for the new car's entire warranty period - worth an estimated $US1,200 - and be given a $500 debit card, WardsAuto.com said. If owners still believe they've been irrevocably wronged, Mazda will buy back the car for the original purchase price, the report added.
Mazda stresseed that although the horsepower figures are marginally lower (3.6% for the high-power rotary and 4.8% for the lower-power variant), the RX-8's performance is unaffected, WardsAuto.com said.
In 2001, WardsAuto.com noted, Mazda overstated the horsepower of the slightly revised four-cylinder engine in its Miata roadster(MX-5) and struck a deal with customers similar to that now presented for the RX-8.
This year sees a record number of new models - not mere facelifts - destined for UK showrooms. For carmakers, it should give a boost to flagging sales on the back of increased use of platform sharing....
Japan's vehicle manufacturers are experiencing a sharp slowdown in earnings growth in the current fiscal year due to adverse currency valuations, rising raw material and energy costs and higher intere...
Mazda Motor Corporation has developed what is claims is the world's first direct spot joining technology to join steel and aluminium....
ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems business group will soon begin production of the company's first electronic door control module (EDCM) for a European passenger car that will launch in May 2006. T...
ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group has begun marketing its Highly-Integrated Plastic (HIP) door module to customers as an alternative to traditional steel door carrier frames....
Mazda Motor Corporation built its first production redesigned MX-5/Miata on May 17 at the sole source plant - Ujina No.1 (U1) near its global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan....
Mazda-Ford partnership AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) was the country's leading vehicle exporter of completely built-up (CBU) vehicles in the first quarter of 2005....
Honda Precision Parts of Georgia, LLC (HPPG) has marked the groundbreaking of its new $100 million transmission plant with the announcement that it will advance transmission assembly operations from f...
- ANALYSIS: Making sense of China's sales volatility
- THE WEEK THAT WAS: Toyota's FCV cometh
- VA: Minnow Mitsubishi not short on L200 claims
- Kia UK MD on how to raise brand pricing
- ANALYSIS: Kia 'thinks globally, acts locally'
- Mitsubishi ending US production
- FCA to recall 1,060,531 Ram trucks
- JCI confirms auto exit as supplier eddies swirl
- FRANKFURT DEBUTS LIST: Ferrari 488 Spider added
- Fiat Chrysler cops record penalty from NHTSA
- Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future
- Global light vehicle engine technologies market- forecasts to 2030
- Global light vehicle steering market- forecasts to 2030
- Global light vehicle OE tyres market- forecasts to 2030
- Global light vehicle OE wheels market- forecasts to 2030