TOKYO -- DaimlerChrysler AG's Japanese truck unit, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp., said on Monday it had agreed to use exhaust-cleaning technology from Nissan Diesel Motor Co. to cut production costs.
Mitsubishi Fuso, owned 85 percent by DaimlerChrysler, will use parts and components used in Nissan Diesel's Selective Catalytic Reduction technology, which uses urea, a bulk fertilizer, to clean nitrogen oxides out of exhaust emissions.
"The agreement will allow the two firms to share parts and components, which will help us cut development and production costs," the two firms said in a statement.
Details, including the value of the deal, were not available.
Some European truck makers have already adopted the technology, which enables diesel trucks to comply with the European Union's stricter EURO 4 emission standard.
Nissan Diesel, owned 23.84 percent by Japan's second-biggest automaker Nissan Motor Co., launched SCR-equipped large trucks in Japan last November.
Truck drivers can fill up on the urea solution -- using a separate tank from the fuel tank -- at a nation-wide network of 1,300 filling stations.