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The nation’s eight major automakers will team up on basic research into fuel-efficient and eco-friendly engines to minimize the cost, industry sources said Sunday.

The eight — Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Suzuki Motor Corp., Daihatsu Motor Co., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Mazda Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. — will study exhaust purification technology for diesel engines, among other areas, the sources said.

But the competitors will not work together on projects to develop engines or other components, according to the sources.

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