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Mazda revives rotary engine to extend range of electric cars

Automaker to release its MX-30 SUV equipped with the iconic motor later this year

The MX-30's rotary engine will generate electricity to power the electric motor and other systems in the car. (Photo courtesy of the company) 

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor is planning to revive its iconic rotary engine in a plug-in hybrid car by the end of this year as it attempts to simultaneously please fans and cope with tougher environmental rules in its main markets, such as Europe.

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