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Mitsubishi has falsified fuel economy data of 625,000 small cars, and most were built for Nissan.

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Subaru is walking away from minicars. According to Just-Auto.com, parent company Fuji Heavy Industries is looking to concentrate its efforts small and mid-sized vehicles moving forward. While Japan still enjoys a thriving kei car market, the vehicles aren't as profitable as their larger counterparts and require the same level of engineering commitment. Fuji will focus on the company's drivetrain development as well as improving vehicle safety with the cash it saves from creating new minicars.

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For the first time in almost 16 years, Suzuki has developed a brand-new engine for its minicar lineup. This 660cc mill is equipped with stop/start technology and is expected to deliver a fuel efficiency rating of nearly 63.5 miles per gallon (U.S.), – a boost of approximately 20 percent versus the automaker's current three-cylinder, 660cc engine. The addition of this high-tech engine would position Suzuki's minicars to achieve a fuel economy rating comparable to that of Daihatsu's Move, wh

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As gas prices hit $3.60 a gallon in southeast Michigan this week the coming onslaught of mini-cars appears to be growing. The latest to jump into the fray appears to be Nissan with plans to bring over three minis from Japan starting in the second half of 2008. First out the chute should be the redesigned version of the Cube which has been on sale in the Japan for several years already.

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Amid today's corporate news of Honda's highest-ever overseas and worldwide auto production is a note that July sales of Honda's mini vehicles increased 41.1 percent in Japan over last year. The dramatic increase is due to high sales of the Scion xB-like Zest, which went on sale in March 2006. Since that date, Honda's mini vehicle sales have increased in each consecutive month, compared to the same month the previous year. The Zest was Honda's best-selling vehicles in July, with 9.562 units leavi

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Nissan's April sales in Japan dropped 18.5 percent under those of April in 2005, which gave a big wake-up call to the country's no. 2 automaker. Without minicars, otherwise known as vehicles with engine displacements up to .66L and within certain size constraints, the loss was a whopping 27 percent over April of 2005. The automaker is considering adding more minicars, which are experiencing big sales due to government incentives, in order to tighten up the boost sales overall

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On Tuesday, ZAP, makers of the micro Smart Cars (not to be confused with the smart cars by DaimlerChrysler) posted sales totaling $2.3 million since inception according to the company. Said Steve Schneider, ZAP CEO, "The purpose of this announcement is to let the world know that we are executing on our business plan."

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