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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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'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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