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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: On the road in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

During a recent trip to Japan, I couldn’t entirely stop being an auto reporter. Here are some thoughts and observations from my first extended return to Japan in eight years....
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New global architecture for Subaru

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As new products roll out, Subaru will switch to a new global architecture that debuts on next year's 2017 Impreza hatchback and sedan. The architecture will underpin all future redesigns and a new full-size crossover....
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As Mitsu restocks lineup, future remains murky

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced in July that it plans to sell or shutter its assembly plant in Normal, Ill. The announcement called into question whether Mitsubishi, which has focused on fleshing out a thin lineup and imbuing its vehicles with a consistent style, is committed to the U.S. for the long haul....
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Mazda rounds out its Skyactiv lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

When it unveils the redesigned CX-9 crossover this fall, Mazda will have built an entire lineup of products with Skyactiv technology and Kodo design....
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Japan's smaller automakers bank on CUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru, the three smaller Japanese automakers selling cars in the U.S., have a shared challenge of keeping up with larger rivals. Though the brands' fortunes have diverged - Mitsubishi is struggling, and Subaru is booming - they share a focus on growing their crossover offerings over the next two years....
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Honda's $16,000 coupe sells out in Japan after first production run

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Honda has sold out all 8,600 of its new roadsters slated for production this year and is fully booked through June. The only problem: four in five buyers of the $16,000 sports car are over 40....
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BLOG: Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan

9:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices and empower workers to make processes work better. I'd like to point out how easy these ideas and tools are to come by today....
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Pickups, crossovers and powertrain dominate Japan 3 plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Japan's big three of Toyota, Nissan and Honda have ambitious -- but divergent -- plans for the the next five years....
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Toyota begins shift to global platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

During the next few years, will see many of Toyota's cars and crossovers will migrate to versions of the automaker's new modular global platform, starting with the fourth-generation Prius due out this fall....
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A supercar, then a mini crossover for Acura

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Next year will finally see Acura's long-awaited NSX hybrid supercar land in customer hands. After that, look for more turbo engines, and a new baby crossover in the lineup....
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Honda in line for plug-in, a turbo injection

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Honda fans have plenty to look forward to in the near future, as the company looks to turbocharging, a resurrected truck, a dedicated plug-in hybrid, and even a sports car....
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Infiniti's bold overhaul begins next spring

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Infiniti remains on course with a full slate of new models that it revealed over the past year, scheduled to roll out between early 2016 and 2018....
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Lexus arms for luxury battle with updated CT, new crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The next few years will see Lexus fill key holes in its lineup with a rethought entry-level CT, a new three-row crossover above the RX and even a high-zoot coupe at the top of its lineup....
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Long-starved Scion gets a serving of new cars, crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

After years of neglect from parent company Toyota, Scion is finally seeing new products roll in. Two cars go on sale this year, and a subcompact crossover likely is headed to dealers in 2016....
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Nissan aims for volume sweet spots with rollouts

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Four big model splashes will dominate Nissan Division's product rollouts for the next 12 months. The changes are intended to bolster the performance of two of Nissan's highest-volume products, the Altima and Sentra, while lifting two others, the Titan and Armada, into high-volume status....
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