Japan's vehicle makers work to cut CO2 emissions

Five Japanese car and motorcycle makers say they are making advances in research into new fuels and hydrogen engines that emit hardly any CO2.

The presidents of Toyota Motor, Mazda, Subaru, Yamaha Motor and Kawasaki Heavy Industries explained how they are working toward achieving carbon neutrality in a joint news conference held during an endurance race in Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, on Saturday.

The presidents of Toyota and Subaru say their cars in next year's race will run on synthetic fuels made from hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

Mazda's president said his company's car will run on biofuel made from a type of algae called euglena and other substances.

They say they will continue to test new fuels with lower CO2 emissions.

Motorcycle makers Yamaha and Kawasaki say they are jointly considering developing hydrogen engines that emit very little CO2 with Honda Motor and Suzuki Motor.

Toyota Motor President Toyoda Akio said the five companies have started testing newly developed technologies in motorsport events, and that their passion and action will change the country's future.