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Mazda bucks tide and keeps diesel engine

R&D chief says automaker's fuel-efficient models benefit heavy SUVs

Mazda sees SUVs, such as its CX-3, highlighting the advantages of diesel technology. (Photo by Masahisa Yuzawa)

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor has declared that it will continue to develop next-generation diesel engine vehicles, striking a path abandoned by other Japanese automakers.

"Diesel engine technology is this company's strength," Kiyoshi Fujiwara, Mazda's senior managing executive officer in charge of research and development, told reporters Wednesday. "There's no need to stop."

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