Mazda Motor Corp. will introduce models next spring installed with its new clean diesel engine, the automaker announced on Oct. 25.
Mazda said its new diesel engine will have improved fuel efficiency and is as clean as gasoline-powered engines.
Diesel-powered cars, once a symbol for noisy autos that emit large amounts of exhaust fumes, have traditionally been shunned by Japanese drivers.
The Hiroshima-based automaker said the new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV will come with its next-generation 2.2-liter clean diesel engine, the Skyactiv-D 2.2.
The new engine is designed to burn fuel more efficiently than the previous engine.
The new CX-5 will also be installed with an idle stop system, which automatically shuts down the engine when the car is stationary.
The model gets 18.6 kilometers per liter, which the company says is the most fuel efficient of all the SUVs from any carmaker.
Gas-electric hybrids dominate the Japanese market for eco-friendly vehicles. But Mazda, small in size compared with rivals, has chosen to upgrade its existing engine technology while receiving licensing of hybrid technology from Toyota Motor Corp., a technology that would require an enormous investment if a carmaker pursued it on its own.
Mazda is trying to appeal to motorists by significantly improving the fuel efficiency of its small cars and marketing relatively large cars that offer the more powerful clean diesel engine.
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