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Jan. 28&;For the first time, an overseas automaker exported more cars built in America than it imported from its home country.
In what analysts are calling a watershed event, Honda Motor Co. said it exported 108,705 U.S.-made Honda and Acura vehicles last year while importing 88,537 vehicles from Japan.

Jan. 28&;For the first time since building its first Accord in Marysville, Ohio, Honda exported more U.S-made cars than it imported from Japan in 2013.
The automaker exported 108,705 U.S.-made Honda and Acura vehicles last year while importing 88,537 vehicles from Japan to the U.S.

Concerns arise over the safety of seat-belt pre-tensioners in Kia Sportage and Soul.
Kia Sportage and Soul models are affected.
Two Kia models are being recalled over concerns seat-belt pre-tensioners in the vehicles may not be securely crimped.
The recall, which is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, mirrors that of a similar recall underway of the Hyundai ix35.
The Kia recall affects SL models of the Sportage and AM models of the Soul, all produced from 23rd August 2011 to 31st March 2012.

Los Angeles, CA &; (SBWIRE) &; 01/27/2014 &; Premier Toyota, which has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the top Toyota dealers in Ohio, has just released industry sales data that compares car sales in 2012 to 2013.

Automakers advertising in the Super Bowl this year will be more prepared than ever to immediately react in marketing war rooms to feedback about their ads that promise to feature Muppets, British villains, patriotic themes and, of course, something secret from Chrysler.
This year will be the fourth in a row with a big showing from the automotive industry. Once again, automakers will use whatever they can, from canine to supermodel, to be memorable amid the advertising clutter.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) recently revealed that it achieved the production milestone of 150 million units in Japan on Dec 5, 2013. Moreover, the automaker also surpassed global production volume of 210 million units by the end of 2013.
The production milestone came close on the heels of the news that Toyota has retained its position as the leading automaker in terms of global sales volume in 2013. The Japanese automaker sold 9.98 million vehicles during the year, up 2% over 2012.

Mustang versus Camaro. BMW versus Mercedes. Camry versus Accord. These are among the biggest rivalries in the automobile world.
Get ready for the next epic battle: aluminum versus steel.
&;This has become a real competition,&; said Golam Newaz, an automotive materials engineer at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Jan. 24&;Building a more fuel-efficient car no longer follows the familiar smaller-is-better blueprint that spawned the proliferation of subcompacts.
Volatile gasoline prices and tighter federal standards for fuel economy have automakers boosting production of more fuel-efficient vehicles that reflect a wide range of weights and sizes.

Joel Helmes reviews the entry-level Nissan Pathfinder.
2014 Nissan Pathfinder ST review.
I know it’s only January, but something tells me the new Nissan Pathfinder is going to give our 2014 Car of the Year awards a real shake.
Priced from $39,990, the entire Pathfinder range is powered by the same 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine that develops 190kW and 325Nm, and there is only the one transmission on offer – a CVT.
The only real choice comes in the form of selecting a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive Pathfinder, and the level of equipment you need.

Jan. 24&;NORFOLK &; Walter Wilkins II is calling it quits in car sales so he can build a bigger business repairing them.
Ashton Lewis Jr. already oversees eight showrooms and has been hankering for more.
So the two dealers made a deal.

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