HIROSHIMA, Japan — With little fanfare in late July, Mazda Motor Corp.’s board of directors approved the company’s ballyhooed rotary powered car program. The RX-8, a 4-seat "crossover" sports car first displayed at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show (as the RX-EVOLV) could hit dealer showrooms as soon as December 2002. Mazda eventually plans to sell the car in all major markets — North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. Mazda executive Phil Martens, who is managing director in charge of ...

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