Mazda Savanna

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Main articles: Mazda Grand Familia and Mazda RX-7
Not to be confused with GMC Savana.

The Mazda Savanna is a rotary-powered automobile sold by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Mazda between 1971 and 1978. Between 1978 and 1991, spanning two generations, Mazda sold the Savanna replacement as the Mazda Savanna RX-7. Mazda only used the Savanna nameplate in Japan.

For the original 1971 version of Savanna, Mazda fitted its rotary engine to the Mazda Grand Familia to create a separately marketed product. The subsequent two generations, released in 1978 and 1985, respectively—Mazda fitted the rotary engines to a unique coupe body that sold internationally as the Mazda RX-7.

The rotary engine had financial advantages to Japanese consumers in that the engine displacement remained below 1.5 litres, a significant determination when paying the Japanese annual road tax which kept the obligation affordable to most buyers, while having more power than the traditional inline engines.