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Suzuki and Mitsubishi move to nix diesel cars in Europe

Tighter environmental rules push Japan's automakers to abandon once-favored fuel

Japanese automaker Suzuki ceased production of diesel-powered cars at Hungarian facilities this summer.
Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor ceased production of diesel-powered cars at Hungarian facilities this summer.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor aims to halt European sales of diesel cars by the end of the year, while Mitsubishi Motors also plans to pull diesel passenger autos from key markets like the U.K. and Germany in response to stronger environmental regulations.

The withdrawal by the two automakers leaves Mazda Motor as the only major Japanese player still focusing on diesel cars for Europe. Peers such as Nissan Motor and Toyota Motor likewise have said they will back out. Mazda has continued to bet big on diesel despite the industry trend.

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