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Mazda's new engine boosts fuel efficiency by 30%

Automaker plans to offer cars with the new technology next year

| Japan

TOKYO -- Japanese automaker Mazda Motor will introduce a new engine at the end of 2018 that offers 30% better fuel efficiency by using pressure, not spark plugs, to ignite fuel.

This will be the first practical application of the technology, called homogeneous charge compression ignition. Though the automaker is developing environmentally friendly electric vehicles, Mazda thinks the internal combustion engine will continue to account for the majority of new-vehicle sales for the foreseeable future and that the company's technology will give it a leg up on the competition.

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