This month's snapshot of industry news includes highlights from Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota. We hope you find the information useful.

The Automotive Landscape

Honda appears to be taking trucks seriously
The Honda Ridgeline is still slated for release, and the redesign may launch the automaker into the upper levels of truck manufacturers.

Evo no more
Mitsubishi is killing the name for the Evo, though the high-performance car will live on in some iteration.

Japanese automakers extend recovery while China surges
Japanese automakers continue to extend their reach in the world's largest automotive market, China, despite political tensions between the two nations. Toyota, Nissan and Honda all report surging sales in China.

Getting Ahead

The U.S. market is opportunity and European suppliers are seizing it
The fight for pricing and fuel economy is causing some European auto suppliers to expand operations in the United States.

Renault will ride Nissan into China
French carmaker Renault will take advantage of its partnership with Nissan to penetrate the enormous Chinese market.

Mazda set to launch five new models
Fighting its way into the black and looking at growing U.S. sales, Mazda has confirmed that it will launch five new models over the next three years.

Future Cars

Subaru showing off new concept for Legacy
We don't know what the final outcome will be, but Subaru has shown some designs that hint at a new Legacy concept starting in 2015.

Fun and unique highlight car show
Automakers unveiled the future at the Tokyo Motor Show. Sports cars and unique designs were the big hits of the expo.

One size doesn't fit all
There are indications that the Nissan Leaf may be offered with multiple battery sizes.