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Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, the return of the rotary engine


NEW – From its original electric coupe, the Japanese brand has developed a plug-in hybrid version based on the famous Wankel engine.

Mazda has not abandoned the rotary piston engine, which had its heyday in 1991 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the victory of its 787B prototype. The Japanese manufacturer has just resuscitated it, after a twelve-year eclipse. In line with the ecological transition that is reshaping the automotive industry, this engine now plays the role of a range extender as part of a rechargeable hybrid powertrain. For the Japanese engineers, this technology represented the best choice in terms of compactness and lightness, knowing that at the same time they claim to have solved the main problems inherent in the technology of the Wankel rotary piston, in particular high oil consumption.

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Placed under the front bonnet, in the same casing as the generator and the electric motor, the rotating block, an 850 cm3 single rotor has a power of 74 horsepower at 4,7000 rpm and a torque of 116 Nm. only 71 kg. As for the electric motor, it delivers a power of 125 kW (170 hp) and a torque of 260 Nm. According to the diagram adopted by the Mazda engineers, the rotary simply turns the generator. The wheels are driven by the electric motor.

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By switching from an electric to a plug-in hybrid model, the original MX-30 sees the size of its lithium-ion battery reduced to 17.8 kWh (188 kilos), instead of 35.5 kWh. In parallel, the Mazda coupe accommodates a 50-litre petrol tank. The manufacturer announces an electric range of 85 km, more than enough for daily journeys, and a total autonomy of more than 600 km. CO emissions2 come out at 21 g/km. If the normalized consumption is announced at 1 liter per 100 km, the consumption on the highway discharged battery has not been disclosed but the accumulators can be recharged in 1 hour 30 minutes on a 7.2 kW socket, 50 minutes on three-phase 11 kW and 25 minutes at 36 kW on a fast terminal.

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The R-EV plug-in hybrid version of the MX-30 coupé will be launched next summer at a price equivalent to the electric version, starting at €38,250. The launch of this model will be accompanied by a top-of-the-range Edition R version billed at €45,450.

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Mazda CX-60, watts and space


TEST – The new flagship of the Japanese brand becomes the most powerful model in its history thanks to its rechargeable hybrid engine.

Lilliputian on the scale of the sector – its production is below 2 million vehicles per year -, Mazda has a singular way of designing the automobile which is not to displease us. This vision nourished by the pre-eminence of the engineers has just given birth to the CX-60, a large SUV of 4.75 m available in plug-in hybrid and 6-cylinder in-line diesel of 3.3 liters. The latter, launched in the first quarter of 2023, imposed a long bonnet architecture, in line with the house design, which contributes to the dynamism of the silhouette. As for the battery version, it is part of the brand’s strategy of only marketing electrified models by 2030.

The engine manufacturers did not skimp: the CX-60 becomes the most powerful model in the history of the brand with 327 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It combines the 191 hp of the 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with the 171 hp of the electric motor powered by a 17.8 kWh battery. We noted an electric range of 53 km and a consumption of 7.1 l/100 km over a varied route of 500 km.

A clean presentation

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If regenerative braking dispenses with having to use the brakes on the secondary network, driving pleasure will have to be satisfied with a lack of fluidity during energy exchanges (thermal and electrical) and hectic suspensions on bad surfaces and under-damped. , especially at the rear axle. Too bad because the CX-60 takes care of the reception. The peaceful atmosphere is based, in the case of the top-of-the-range Takumi version, on white leather upholstery coordinated with light maple wood and stitched fabric. Thanks to facial recognition, we find its seat, air conditioning and audio system settings. The car can store up to six configurations.

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Technical sheet

Engines: 4 cyl., 2,488 cc, 191 hp + 1 electric motor (total: 327 hp)

Transmission: Integral, auto. 8 gears

Dimensions: L. 4.74, w. 1.89 a.m. 1.68m

Consumption: 1.5 l/100 km

CO emissions2: 33g/km

Speed: 200km/h

Price: from €54,650

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Our selection of frugal cars to drive without breaking the bank


THE FIGARO SELECTION – Faced with soaring fuel prices, motorists are tempted by more frugal vehicles. Here are some food for thought around the five most prominent categories on the market.

“At 10 francs a litre, we will leave the car in the garage”, prophesied the French at the very beginning of the 2000s. Not only has history shown that this was not the case, but this ceiling has been largely exceeded since. With the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the question resurfaces. The price of fuels has, in fact, flared up to a level that until now was believed to be inconceivable. Experts believe that a scenario comparable to the oil shock of 1973 is now possible. The rise in the price of a barrel of oil is already being felt at the pump. While the average price per liter of super unleaded observed at the start of the week is close to 2.05 euros and diesel is around 2.10 euros, the bill is soaring for many households.

Unless you live in the city, where there are many alternative mobility solutions, it is difficult to do without the car. In the countryside, where the public transport offer is almost non-existent, the car is not a luxury but a…

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How to choose the right car in 2022?


OUR ADVICE – Confronted with the explosion of supply and an ecological transition whose full consequences on the automobile are hard to guess, consumers are disoriented. Le Figaro helps you make the right choice based on your needs.

Buy a new car? Not that easy. To the explosion of the offer and silhouettes which do not facilitate the choice, is added the shortage of semiconductors which lengthens the delivery times and leads the manufacturers to raise the price of their models.

Last year, French vehicle registrations remained stable compared to 2020, but at 1.659 million units, a level well below that of 2019 and that of the pre-Covid period. And the year 2022 does not start under the best auspices. In January, sales fell 18.6%. The indicators are not looking good.

A sluggishness which, according to professionals in the sector, would also stem in large part from the wait-and-see attitude of consumers. The instability of taxation, not to say its confiscatory nature in many situations, the limitless imagination of technocracy in terms of tax (tax on the weight of vehicles), the closing of many stations…

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