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Mazda RX-8 R3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Back in June of 2007, the powers-that-be in Europe officially introduced EURO 5 emissions regulations (.pdf link), and these standards are being phased into effect this year and next. Two-wheeled vehicles, such as mopeds, scooters and motorcycles, were not included in these requirements. As of today, all cycles sold in Europe must meet the less-stringent EURO 3 standards. That's all set to change, as the European Commission and the Association des Constructeurs Europeens de Motocycles (ACEM) has

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Volvo is introducing a new array of engines next year. Volvo claims that these engines, called EEV (Enhanced Environmental friendly Vehicle), exceed the requirements for Euro V antipollution norms by means of reducing emitted particles and smoke. Not only that, but the new set of EEV engines also reduce fuel consumption. The first engine of the series is the D13 (pictured), which powers the FH (trailer) and FM (heavy) truck series. The D13 is a 12.8-liter I6 engine with power ranging from 400 to

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Mitsubishi had previously announced plans to introduce a new clean diesel engine in 2010, but with the introduction of the new Euro 5 emissions standards has decided to move that up by a year. The main Mitsubishi engine plant in Kyoto, Japan will start building the new 2.0L diesel in early 2009 for installation in European market cars. After the European introduction Mitsubishi will bring the new engines to other markets including the US. The Mitsubishi press release is after the jump.

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Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of Hyundai's recyclable QarmaQ concept.

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Currently, cars in the European Union need to meet what're called Euro 4 emissions standards. In the near future, emissions levels will be restricted further and the numerical signifier will increase. Euro 5 should kick in in 2009, and Euro 6 follows five years later (or so). Particulate and NOx emissions are targets of the Euro standards.

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Auto Industry reports that the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has voted in favor of September 1, 2009 as the starting date for Euro 5 emissions standards. After the transitional periods (January 2011 for private cars and January 2012 for light commercial vehicles), new vehicles that don't comply with Euro 5 standards will not receive EC or national-type approval.

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Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced Tuesday a joint development program for a next-generation diesel engine for the European market.

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