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Feb. 26&;Lexus earned the top score in Consumer Reports&; 2013 annual ranking of car brands and vehicles. The American car companies were near the bottom of the rankings.
Japanese nameplates dominated the ratings with Subaru and Mazda tying for second. Overall, eight of the top 10 scores were earned by Japanese brands.

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) &; Lexus topped all automotive brands in Consumer Reports magazine&;s 2013 brand report card. Japanese automakers again dominated the rankings, taking eight of the top 10 spots.

Feb. 27&;Toyota will begin exporting U.S.-assembled Venza crossover vehicles to Russia and Ukraine via the Port of Brunswick, the automaker announced Tuesday.

The likely contenders for President Barack Obama&;s remaining energy and environment Cabinet positions would bring a wealth of political and academic experience to the posts, but the choices also reflect tensions inherent in the administration&;s policies.

Feb. 22&;Chrysler confirmed Friday that it is bringing back one of the most popular nameplates &; the Jeep Cherokee &; and released the first official images of the SUV.

In the Comonwealth of Virginia, the issue of transportation funding has always been a very tough nut to crack. Traffic in the D.C.-Metropolitan area is notoriously bad, and so residents of Northern Virginia are always seeking some sort of relief from torturous commutes. But regional divisions between Virginians in the D.C. area and those who reside in the rest of the state tend to dominate the discussion in Richmond, and residents outside NoVA fairly consistently inveigh against being taxed to solve a problem far away from where they live.

Feb. 20&;For Maryland Honda and Acura owners, it just got a little easier to go solar &; at home, if not yet on the road.

Through a partnership with SolarCity, a residential and commercial installer, Honda and Acura will offer their customers home solar systems at little or no upfront cost, the companies said on Tuesday. The automaker will also offer its dealers preferential terms to lease or buy systems from SolarCity on a case-by-case basis, executives said.

Feb. 16&;Although some motorists might not realize it, the gasoline they&;re putting into their vehicles is 10 percent ethanol.

Feb. 15&;Safety, fuel-saving and convenience technology that was gee-whiz extras on top luxury vehicles a few years ago are standard on many of the 2013 and 2014 cars, trucks and SUVs on display this weekend at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show.



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