Mazda Resources:Mazda Achieves Peak Fuel Efficiency among U.S. Automakers
Part of Mazda's history with coupes has rested on sports cars powered by rotary engines. In the 1980s and 1990s, the rotary engine propelled RX-7 existed as Mazda's halo sports car. While the RX-7 resembled a true two-door sport coupe, the 2004 debut of the RX-8 presented a coupe with a pair of rear passenger entry doors. As sales of the Mazda RX-8 were discontinued after the 2011 model year, it left the Japanese auto maker without a rotary-engined vehicle or a fixed-roof coupe. Through the 1990s, Mazda also marketed a small coupe-like hatchback called the MX-3. Since mid-1989, Mazda's representation in the coupe segment has rested on the MX-5 or Miata roadster. For 2016, the Mazda MX-5 roadsters have been completely reworked to incorporate SkyActiv technology promoting improved operating efficiency.