TOKYO -- Mazda Motor Corp. executives recently gave the green light for the auto maker’s rotary engine RX-8 sports car, but engineers tell Ward’s that the all side-port "Renesis" rotary engine for the RX-8 will have to use a still-under-development exhaust catalyst system to make it to the next level of U.S. emissions standards phasing-in for 2006. The engine is designed to meet current U.S. (and Japan LEV) emissions standards, however. The new, high-performance 3-way catalyst will ...

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