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> Mazda claiming a major technological breakthrough Tuesday. The car company said it would become the world's first automaker to commercialize a much more efficient gasoline engine using technology that deep pocketed rivals have been trying to engineer for decades. A twist in an industry increasingly going electric.
The so called homogenous charge compression ignition engine's fuel economy, potentially matches that of a diesel engine. Without high emissions of nitrogen oxides or particulates. The new engine is 20 to 30% more fuel efficient than the Japanese automaker's current engines. The announcement places traditional engines at the center of Mazda's strategy, and comes just days after Mazda said it will work with Toyota to develop electric vehicles and build a $1.6 billion US assembly plant.