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Zoom Zoom may soon rhyme with Green Green as Mazda has added itself to the growing list of automakers investing heavily in hybrid automotive technology. While it's true that the Japanese automaker has offered a hybrid version of its Tribute SUV, that car is really little more than a rebadged Ford Escape Hybrid.

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid (Iwatani Corporation version)

In a mild role-reversal of sorts, Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi has said that his company will in fact venture into electric vehicles and hybrids, but not until 2015. In the meantime, the Japanese automaker will focus on incremental improvements in the efficiency of gasoline and diesel engines and strive for an overall weight reduction in all of its vehicles with the goal of increasing fuel efficiency 30 percent by 2015.

digg_url = 'http://digg.com/hardware/Finally_an_SUV_that_doeesn_t_suck_gas_New_2008_Mazda_Tribute_SUV_hybrid'; Mazda already has the hydrogen RX-8 and Mazda5, but the crown jewel of Mazda's environmentally better line-up may just be the brand-spanking new 2008 Mazda Tribute hybrid SUV. The hybrid is based on the current Tribute (which starts at $20,705) and we'll have to wait until closer to the new Tribute's release date sometime in the middle of the year to find out what the hybrid powertra

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