Mazda approves RX-8

TOKYO - As anticipated, Mazda Motor Corp. will build the RX-8 sports car, which was shown as a concept at the 1999 Tokyo auto show. Mazda gave its signature car, with its rotary engine and lack of a B-pillar, official approval July 31, Mazda President Mark Fields said last week.

He declined to say when the car would reach the market. Although Mazda has aimed to develop models in 15 months, he said the debut would depend on the time required to perfect the car's rotary engine.

An updated version of the concept is expected to be unveiled at the 2001 Tokyo show in October.

You can reach James B. Treece at jtreece@crain.com

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