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Combustion engines still worth improving, say Mazda and Nissan

Boosting efficiency by 10% would put gas and electric cars' total emissions on par

Gasoline-powered cars, including hybrids, are expected to still account for 90% of the market in 10 years. (Photo by Masaru Shioyama)

TOKYO -- Japan's Mazda Motor and Nissan Motor are refining new technologies for internal combustion engines amid a global shift to electric cars. Japanese automakers expect to commercialize the technology and keep total carbon-dioxide emissions low.

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