TOKYO – Japanese truck makers, their sights set on future emissions standards in the U.S. and Europe, continue to make advances in combustion technology and engine downsizing. Isuzu, the nation’s top truck brand, is emphasizing both downsizing and improving thermal efficiency. “The bottom line for Isuzu is improving the diesel engine,” says Satoru Kaga, senior executive officer in charge of powertrain and drivetrain planning. Kaga, who is closely monitoring the U.S. ...

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