AUTOS: The Mazda Monopoly

With less than 1% of U.S. auto sales to its credit and a headquarters staff of exactly 30 people, Mazda Motors of America seems a trifle small to qualify as a monopoly. Yet for nearly two more years, or until Detroit is ready with its own rotary engine, Mazda will be the only car sold in the U.S. with the rotary: a power system, first designed by West Germany's Felix Wankel, that is half the size of the conventional piston engine and has only three moving parts, v. 166 in a piston engine...

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