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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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'14 Highlander: Same engines, much more juice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Toyota hopes that with a 2014 redesign the Highlander can gain segment supremacy....
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Honda commits to 2nd-gen Ridgeline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Honda says it will launch an all-new second generation of the Ridgeline within two years....
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Mitsubishi patches some holes in its lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Mitsubishi has gaping holes in its lineup and a lot of uncertainty as it looks to revive its waning fortunes in the United States....
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Subaru plans sportier WRX/STI next year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Starting in 2016, Subaru of America will produce the redesigned four- and five-door Impreza compact at its Lafayette, Ind., plant. The vehicle will go on sale in late 2016 or early 2017....
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3 Japanese rivals follow differing paths

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
A look at Japan's smaller automakers reveals three companies operating in the United States from very different positions....
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Mazda6, CX-5 to get earlier updates

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Mazda is in the middle of a product blitz that will put its Skyactiv technologies, designed to cut weight and boost fuel economy, in nearly all of its vehicles by the end of 2015....
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Japan's big brands aim for tech, sizzle

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Plenty is in the works for the Japanese import brands and another California-based carmaker, Tesla....
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Musk vision taxes tiny Tesla budget

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Tesla has big plans for rolling out more nameplates, but the lean staff may have trouble meeting his timetable....
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Scion ponders moving into near-luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Within Toyota, there are two divergent views about Scion: maintain it as a youth-oriented brand, or move it into the premium compact near-luxury segment....
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Lexus to increase its sporty quotient

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Lexus will add a slew of sporty new models in the next few years while also jazzing up its engine lineup....
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New Fit platform key to Honda's growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Honda Division is entering a somewhat fallow period for new products, but there will be plenty of changes to other models...
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Small cars big part of Toyota plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
While Toyota plays catch-up in areas such as direct injection, it is moving ahead in others....
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Acura shifts focus from crossovers to cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
After redesigning the RDX and MDX crossovers, Acura will turn its attention to cars....
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Infiniti signals shift in product plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Infiniti wants to compete in 90 percent of premium vehicle segments, up from 60 percent today....
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Nissan's smaller players due next

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Nissan must adjust the look and performance of several lower volume nameplates to help reach its goal of 10 percent U.S. market share by 2016...
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