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    Report: Honda S660 set for Yokkaichi production next year
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    Roadsters, you might argue, are best when they're small and nimble. If you're thinking of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, you're on the right track, but there have been even smaller ones: pint-sized, three-cylinder roadsters like the Daihatsu Copen, Suzuki Cappuccino and Smart Roadster. But the most iconic ...

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    Report: Mitsuoka Orochi marks the end of the ugly with Final Edition
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    Think of Mitsu and you're bound to think of Japanese cars, but Mitsubishi isn't the only one. Lesser known is Mitsuoka, a small automaker based in Toyama that mostly rebodies existing Japanese cars to look like old English ones. Its most outlandish creation, though, is surely the low-slung ...

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    Video: Watch Obama kick the ball around with Honda's latest ASIMO
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    Bend it like Obama. The Commander-In-Chief was just in Japan for a state visit, and his trip took him to a science expo, where he played a bit of soccer with Honda's latest ASIMO robot. The entire scene was captured on video, and showed the innovative robot as it ran, hopped and kicked a soccer ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi scores record global operating profits
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    In the minds of many auto enthusiasts, Mitsubishi has become an afterthought. It has transformed from a company known for its turbocharged, all-wheel-drive rally machines into an automaker with a very boring lineup. Maybe we are being unfair, though. While the company doesn't have much of a ...

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    Official: Toyota launches updated Yaris in Europe, Vitz in Japan [w/videos]
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    Toyota first launched the Yaris in 1999, though that model was sold in the North America as the Echo. The second generation arrived in 2005, replaced by the third in 2011. Sometime next year, Toyota is expected to roll out a new Yaris for North America, to be built in Mexico on the same platform ...

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    Official: Toyota launches new Passo hatchback in Japan [w/video]
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    With considerable manufacturing capacity here in the United States and even a NASCAR program, it'd be all too easy to categorize Toyota as an American automaker. Only it's not. It's Japanese, of course. And back in the Japanese Domestic Market, it offers a whole range of models we'll never see in ...

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    Report: Toyota retires robots in favor of humans to improve automaking process
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    Mitsuru Kawai is overseeing a return to the old ways at Toyota factories throughout Japan. Having spent 50 years at the Japanese automaker, Kawai remembers when manual skills were prized at the company and "experienced masters used to be called gods, and they could make anything." Company CEO ...

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    Recalls: Toyota issues multiple recalls for 6.4 million vehicles worldwide [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: The text below has been amended to include new details provided by Toyota. It looks like 2014 may go down as the year of recalls. We were already at a record pace, and now it seems Toyota is recalling 6.39 million vehicles worldwide, including about 30 of its models for a variety of ...

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    Official: Toyota 86 gets PlayStation-based telemetry system in Japan [w/video]
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    Part of the fun in taking your sports car to the racetrack is going over your telemetry and seeing how you did from one corner to the next. We've seen a variety of these onboard systems at work – with the Performance Data Recorder on the Corvette Stingray emerging as one of the latest and ...

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    Video: Nissan releases GT-R Nismo N-Attack Package workout video at Fuji
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    Nissan grabbed headlines last year when it debuted the GT-R Nismo and did a blistering 7:08.679 lap around the Nürburgring's Nordschleife. As it turns out, the GT-R that did that round made use of parts that lowered its weight and improved handling. Nissan calls the extras the N-Attack ...

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    Report: Toyota raises Japanese base wages for first time since 2008
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    Toyota is on track for record profits, and in return, its Japanese workers are receiving their first increase in base wages since 2008, plus higher pay based on seniority and a larger bonus for 2014. The Japanese automaker predicts the average laborer will net a 2.9 percent income gain. The ...

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    Video: This 1958 Chrysler Imperial Ultra 7 Pointer 1 is Japan's Batmobile
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    It might be sacrilegious to admit among some auto enthusiasts, but there's more to driving than performance and speed. Sometimes it can be a matter of love, as it is for Yasushi Shiroi, who has spent the last 21 years building a faithful replica of a car from a '60s Japanese sci-fi ...

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    Report: Harley-Davidson looking to put Japan on trikes
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    The five million people in Japan who hold motorcycle licenses have made that country Harley-Davidson's second-largest market after North America. But there are 80 million people in Japan with a driver's license, and the company's Tri Glide trike has made the Harley experience available to that ...

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    Video: Improve your weekend with this Honda NSX Concept-GT racing film
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    We still aren't convinced that the new Acura NSX will ever arrive in the US. After years of "concepts" and previews, it all seems like an elaborate tease put on by Honda to mess with journalists and auto enthusiasts. We're so looking forward to being wrong... What isn't a joke, though, is the ...

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    Report: Honda names first woman, foreigner to its board of directors
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    General Motors may have made headlines when it recently appointed the industry's first female CEO, but Honda has long lagged woefully behind the times when it comes to the diversity of its top management. In fact, its entire board has until now been composed entirely of Japanese men, with not a ...

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    Video: Initial D Legend 1: Awaken trailer released
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    The Japanese manga series Initial D might be as responsible for making drifting popular in the US as any other source. Even if you've never seen it, you're likely familiar with the black-and-white Toyota Corolla AE86 as the show's hero car. Initial D launched in US in comic and animated form in ...

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    Video: Suzuki Jimny displays Samurai spirit in Japanese snowstorm
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    Say what you will about its smallest SUVs, but you have to hand it to Suzuki: the likes of the Samurai, Sidekick and Vitara were doing the little-sport-ute-that-could thing long before most of the rest of the industry caught on. And the formula remains relevant enough that Suzuki is still selling ...

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    Report: Rumored Mazda CX-3 may not be for US
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    Mazda has used its Kodo design language to make some of the most attractive, affordable cars in the world right now, with the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 (pictured above), but it still lacks a crossover in the smaller class, which are becoming popular on the world market. It seems like a natural fit ...

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    Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: 1985 Honda City Turbo II is JDM forbidden fruit you can own
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    It's always fun to cruise different global eBay Motors sites and check out the cars that we never got here. Thankfully, America's 25-year import limit on cars means that some of the rarities from the 80s are finally legal on these shores. This 1985 Honda City Turbo II is a great example of a fun, ...

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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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