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Japan's eight automakers joining hands in eco-car project

TOKYO -- Japan's eight carmakers and two of the country's top universities are teaming up to do basic research on environmentally friendly engines. Even the government is kicking in some money for the project.

     By 2020, Toyota Motor, Honda Motor, Nissan Motor, Suzuki Motor, Mazda Motor, Mitsubishi Motors, Daihatsu Motor and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries hope to commercialize diesel engines that can cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30% compared with 2010 levels. Each of the eight will apply resultant technology to both diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles.  

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