2009 Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE Unveiled in Oslo
2009 Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE Unveiled in OsloSource: Mazda
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Posted: 11 May 2009
Mazda unveils first Norwegian-specification RX-8 Hydrogen RE at Oslo Ceremony
Norway’s Minister of Transportation drives new Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle.
Historic event opens two new hydrogen filling stations on the Oslo-Stavanger route.
More RX-8 Hydrogen RE facelift vehicles will be delivered for leasing in Norway beginning this summer.
Leverkusen, 11 May 2009. Another environmentally focused solution from Mazda – a Norwegian-specification RX-8 Hydrogen RE – was unveiled today at an historic event in Oslo. The vehicle was unveiled as part of a ceremony celebrating the opening of the latest HyNor hydrogen filling stations. With this opening, Norway’s national hydrogen project has taken a major step towards creating an extended hydrogen infrastructure along the 580 km Oslo to Stavanger route.
On hand at the ceremony was the Norwegian Minister of Transportation, Ms. Liv Signe Navarsete, who drove the Mazda rotary-engine sports coupe from Oslo to the Drammen station on zero-emission hydrogen. After delivery of this first facelifted version of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE, Mazda will provide more Norwegian-spec vehicles to the HyNor project under commercial lease contracts beginning this summer.
Mazda also leases this environmental, four-seat sports coupe in Japan, but for the HyNor project it has been developed to meet Norwegian and European specifications with left hand drive and a manual transmission. The product of 18 years of Mazda hydrogen fuel research and development, it uses a dual-fuel rotary engine that allows you to switch between using hydrogen or petrol in areas with no hydrogen infrastructure.
This latest unveiling is just one of Mazda’s environmentally-friendly technologies to be introduced as part of its ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom’ strategy; and includes such innovative products as next-generation clean diesel engines, and a fuel-saving idle-stop system called i-STOP.
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From WikipediaThe Mazda RX-8 is a sports car manufactured by Mazda Motor Corporation. It first appeared in 2001 at the North American International Auto Show. It is the successor to the RX-7 and, like its predecessors in the RX range, it is powered by a Wankel engine. The RX-8 began North American sales in the 2004 model year. Mazda announced on August 23, 2011, that RX-8 will be discontinued from production citing the 2011 model as the last line of production.
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