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    Report: Toyota nears $40B cash reserve as calls grow for new investment, payouts
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    With the April 15 tax deadline just a few months away, our US readers will be faced with a decision should they get a refund: save or spend? It seems this issue is one many of us face whenever there's a windfall, trying to decide whether we should set the money aside in an account of some sort or ...

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    Report: Long-serving Mitsubishi president Masuko to step aside
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    Long-struggling Mitsubishi Motors is reportedly preparing for a changing of the guard at home. According to Reuters, Osamu Masuko will step aside in favor of Tesuro Aikawa, currently the company's managing director. Masuko won't be leaving the fold entirely, however – he will take the role ...

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    Motorsports: Lexus RC F GT500 is the Super GT car Daft Punk fans will appreciate [w/video]
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    Lexus Racing's booth designers at the Tokyo Auto Salon clearly loved a certain French electronic music duo when they decided to promote the new Lexus RC F racecar from the Super GT series. The Daft Punk-inpsired race team appeared ready for a pit stop in this promo photo, wearing custom ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi hopes to raise $2.5B with stock sale
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    Mitsubishi, which dates all the way back to 1870, is one of the oldest business collectives in Japan. Today, the various businesses that share the Mitsubishi name are largely independent of each other. The automotive unit, however, has fallen on hard times over the past few years. Back in 2004 ...

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    Official: Toyota launches new Noah, Voxy minivans in Japan [w/videos]
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    We know the feeling: you've got what seems like your whole bloodline to transport, and maybe not quite two of every living kind, but a household pet or two. So you're going to need something big to fit them all. Something like a Toyota Sienna ought to do the trick. But if you live on an Asian ...

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    Quick Spin: Honda MC-β prototype
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    Honda is less an automaker, it has been said, and more of a motor company that builds vehicles into which to put its engines. That sort of perspective goes a long way towards explaining the mind-boggling diversity of the company's product lineup. The Japanese industrial giant makes lawnmowers, ...

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    Teased: Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video]
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    Gazoo Racing has teased a new take on the Toyota GT86 (our Scion FR-S) that it is bringing to next week's Tokyo Auto Salon. Having only posted a picture of the coupe's rear wing and backlight on its Facebook page, we have no idea what the rest of the concept will offer. If last year's ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV US launch delayed over battery shortage
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    Mitsubishi resumed full-scale battery production in August after a five-month shutdown due to a safety investigation. Supplier Lithium Energy Japan has been delivering 4,000 battery packs each month since September, but that's apparently still not enough to fill the overseas inventory pipeline ...

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    Report: Political brouhaha over war shrine visit could dent Japanese car sales in China
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    A political dispute in 2012 between China and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea dealt a beating to sales of Japanese cars as Chinese consumers decided to back their government's stance with a boycott. It got so bad that Japanese automakers cut production by up to 50 percent, ...

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    Official: Honda customizing Vezel to headline Tokyo Auto Salon lineup
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    With the Tokyo Motor Show now behind it, the Japanese automotive industry is gearing up for the next big event. That'd be the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan's equivalent to SEMA or Essen, set to take place at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Subaru has already announced what it has in store for the tuner ...

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    Official: Subaru to showcase five customized Levorg concepts at Tokyo Auto Salon
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    Last month, Subaru unveiled the Levorg concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, previewing what could be the next Legacy wagon. But that's not the end of the story for the concept car. With the Tokyo Auto Salon – Japan's equivalent to SEMA – approaching next month, Fuji Heavy has announced ...

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    Video: Kirobo speaks in space with Toyota voice tech
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    We knew this moment would come. Partly because Toyota told us it would back in July, but also because we've been watching too many sci-fi movies. The moment in question is when a robot would hold a conversation with a human in outer space. Which may not seem that cataclysmic, but we're here to ...

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    Report: WSJ asks whether Japan's kei cars are a trade barrier
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    We get very excited here at Autoblog when someone brings up a rare car from the Japanese domestic market, even if they are distantly related to cars we can buy in the US, like the Toyota Crown Royal Saloon Hybrid our own Sebastian Blanco tested last month. But while we think often about JDM cars, ...

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    Report: Honda Vezel leaked in Mugen trim
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    Just last month at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda revealed its new Vezel crossover, a production version of the Urban SUV concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show. According to new reports, the model already has a three-month waiting list in Japan alone. But that doesn't mean Honda's tuning ...

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    Report: Chinese teen runs away from home to try and stop parents from buying Japanese car
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    Current relations between Japan and China could be described with a number of different words, none of which have particularly good connotations – terse, hostile, threatening and tense would all fit the bill. The reasoning for the general sense of dislike between the two nations isn't ...

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    Quick Spin: Honda CR-Z carbon-fiber prototype
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    When Honda rolled out the CR-Z a few years ago, it hoped to bridge the gap between those who would save the planet and those who would rather burn all of its resources in a glorious cloud of tire smoke. But enthusiasts recalling the CRX of 1980s vintage balked, imploring Honda to ditch the heavy ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Honda Civic Type R prototype
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    With a name like Earth Dreams, you'd be forgiven for assuming that Honda's new family of turbocharged VTEC engines is more about environmental credentials than performance. And to a large degree they are – particularly in 1.0- and 1.5-liter forms. But the 2.0 is another beast ...

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    Official: Execs at supplier Takata to plead guilty to price fixing
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    Three Japanese executives at Takata are set to plead guilty to price fixing charges, after the company itself agreed to pay a $71.3-million anti-trust fine. Takata supplies a number of components for automakers, but may be best known for its distinctive green racing seatbelts. The report from ...

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    Tokyo: 2014 Nissan Serena offers big flexibility in a tidy package
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    In America, Nissan attempts to slake our kinschlepping needs with its slow-selling Quest minivan, but in Japan, where consumers seem a lot less reluctant to buy MPVs, there are a lot more models for every size family and budget. Nissan itself offers no fewer than six such minivans, including the ...

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    Tokyo: Mitsubishi Fuso targets female truckers with pink polka dot Canter
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    We take it for granted that women can enter just about any career they want now. But there are still countless occupations where females are underrepresented. You don't see too many women truckers, for example – particularly in a country that's still as deeply traditional as Japan. But ...

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