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Toyota's mean, green fuel-cell car dons racing stripes

8:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014
Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle broke cover at a Japan rally race with speed demon Akio Toyoda behind the wheel to prove that the green car is also a mean one....
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Honda says quarterly North American operating profit drops 14%

10:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Falling sales and hefty incentives undercut North American profit at Honda in the latest quarter, as the automaker trimmed its full-year sales and profit outlooks....
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Infotainment glitches haunt automakers in Consumer Reports' reliability survey

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Infotainment hiccups nagged the industry in the Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while problems with the Q50 caused Infiniti's ranking to plummet....
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Mitsubishi to tweak design for a unified look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Mitsubishi will improve its U.S. lineup with some fresh design touches next year, but few all-new vehicles will be introduced stateside during the next three years....
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Subaru moves to 1 platform, new generation of engine technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Subaru is riding on the success of its strategy to redesign all of its vehicles primarily for the United States and equip them with competitive features....
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Mazda making big changes fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Mazda continues to roll out product changes at a pace that's more associated with the world of apps than autos....
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Hybrids, crossovers key vehicles from Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
While Subaru and Mazda are investing heavily in higher-tech vehicles riding on new or updated platforms over the next several years, Mitsubishi will offer mostly cosmetic changes, with little new product destined for the U.S....
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Scion's entry-level reload means big changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Toyota has decided to keep Scion as a starter brand with a product lineup tailored to young shoppers....
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Toyota delay could have domino effect

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Delays in the development of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform may mean several products in the Toyota pipeline could be delayed by as much as six months....
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Performance push from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Toyota, Honda and Nissan -- and their upscale offshoots -- are out to change the "reliable but unexciting" impression with several high-performance halo cars....
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Nissan tackles its larger models now

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
With most of its small and high-volume models redesigned, Nissan will begin rolling out freshened and re-engineered versions of its larger models and trucks....
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Lexus lineup aims for younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lexus has taken an adventurous product direction, splitting its offerings into a traditional luxury channel for its older buyers and a new-product silo of performance-based vehicles to attract Gen X and Gen Y consumers....
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Fit, HR-V, Pilot lead way for Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Division is in a long stretch before its four big-volume vehicles -- Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey -- receive sheet metal redesigns....
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Big wave of Infiniti products ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Infiniti dealers and consumers will wait until 2016 at the earliest to see a number of critical new products that have been promised....
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Acura TLX: The storm before the calm

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Once the TLX sedan is introduced this fall -- replacing both the TL and TSX in the lineup -- Acura will be in a product-launch lull....
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A crush of crossovers from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Already well positioned in the red-hot crossover segments, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and their luxury-brand offshoots are eager to hold their ground....
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5 cool innovations at Japan's SAE expo

1:33 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Japan's premier automotive engineering expo is bustling again along the Yokohama waterfront. A record 488 companies are participating at this year's meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, which runs through Friday. Some 80,000 visitors are expected....
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Japanese collaborate on r&d for new fuel efficient engines

8:55 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Japan's automakers, aiming to take the lead in fuel-efficient powertrains, have joined forces in a new consortium to develop the next generation of fuel-sipping combustion engines. Their goal: A 30 percent improvement in the fuel efficiency of traditional gasoline and diesel engines by 2020....
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BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus NX crossover goal: 2,200 sales per month

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Lexus unveiled the production version of the NX compact crossover at the Beijing auto show and set a U.S. sales target of 2,200 units a month....
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Lexus weighs the best way to add 7-seat crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2014
Lexus plans to offer a seven-seat crossover, either by bringing out a new vehicle or by increasing the size of the venerable RX 350....
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HANS GREIMEL

A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?

10:39 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the United States, may have chalked up a rare misfire with its newest nameplate -- a small wagon dubbed the Levorg....
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2 former Diamond Electric execs to plead guilty in price-fixing scheme

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2014
Two former senior-level executives with Japanese supplier Diamond Electric Manufacturing have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges in the ongoing global auto parts price-fixing investigation, the Department of Justice said today....
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Honda makes big bet on small Vezel crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
In Japan, the hybrid version of the Honda Vezel is expected to account for 90 percent of sales of the new Fit-based compact crossover. Not so in the United States....
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