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Japanese carmakers ditch diesel in Europe

Toyota, Nissan and Honda turn to electrics in wake of Volkswagen scandal

Japanese automakers have long sold diesel versions of such models as the Honda Civic in Europe but are retreating from that strategy now that diesel's image has been dirtied by scandal.

TOKYO -- Big Japanese automakers are jettisoning cars with diesel engines in Europe as consumers grow wary, shifting investment toward electrics to keep up with a global trend in the industry.

Diesel vehicles have long been a mainstay in Europe. Local carmakers like Volkswagen leveraged their proficiency in such automobiles, touting their lower carbon emissions and fuel costs. Though diesels emit more nitrogen oxides, the companies anticipated that advanced filtration systems would keep demand steady.

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