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Toyota is working on ultra-clean diesel engines independently from their recent hook-up with Isuzu. Similarly to the United States and Europe, Japan is introducing stricter emissions requirements for diesel engines for 2009. The new regulations in Japan require particulate emissions of one-third of what is currently allowed there, and one-fifth of what is currently allowed in Europe. Starting in the second half of 2008, Toyota intends to install their new engines in Europe, where forty percent o

2010 is shaping up to be a big year for Toyota. Company officials have previously announced that they would start selling a diesel hybrid that year, and now the Nihon Keizai Shimbun has reported that 2010 is the year Toyota wants 50 percent of its new car sales to be either fuel-efficient diesels or hybrid models. That's 50 percent in Europe, not worldwide.

If you enjoy tempting yourself with diesels that are available in Europe and Japan but not the rest of the world, then feast on Toyota's Auris hatchback, a replacement for the Corolla. The Auris, already available in Japan and coming to Europe in February 2007, is a three- or five-door car with five different engine types that all meet Euro IV emissions standards (two petrol engines, the 1.4 VVT-i and 1.6 Dual VVT-i, and three diesels, 1.4, 2.0 and 2.2 D-4D. The 2.0 liter D-4D 130 engine is the

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