has apparently not been nearly as aggressive as countries like the United States, Brazil and Sweden in promoting ethanol as a motor fuel but that may soon change.
has just launched the first government sanctioned ethanol trial in Japan with a
crossover. An E10-capable Murano is currently undergoing tests to monitor fuel consumption and
as well as vehicle reliability. The test program will kick off on April
in the Tokachi area of Hokkaido. The ethanol is being produced from wheat and sugar beets deemed sub-standard for food consumption. The ethanol plant will have a capacity of 3.9 million US gallons of ethanol and Japan hopes to use it to supplant 1 percent of the gasoline used on Hokkaido annually.
[Source: DueMotori.com, thanks to Domenick for the tip]